UNILORIN IOE Director Calls for Support of JAMB CBT

“Let them open up what has happened and then
that is what we call system analysis, then we
come back to system synthesis. And I am sure
the body will be fortified and will provide better
services than what has happened before.”
“JAMB should call stakeholders, the IT officers
and other experts in the area of Information
Technology from outside the establishment and
universities”
The Director, Institute of Education (IOE),
University of Ilorin, Prof. Mudashiru Yusuf, has
called on Nigerians to support the Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to
improve on the conduct of its computer-based
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
(UTME) instead of seeking to revert to the
manual system of pencil and paper test.
The Professor of Educational Technology stated
this in an interview with Unilorin Bulletin last
Tuesday (March 22, 2016), saying that in this
digital age, the transition to computer-based
examinations was inevitable in order to compete
effectively in a globalised environment.
While noting that the hitches experienced during
the conduct of the 2016 UTME were teething
problems, which would be overcome, Prof. Yusuf
said it was retrogressive to ask JAMB to go back
to conducting manual examinations.
He said, “To advise a mother to stop child
bearing simply because a child has teething
problem, is a wrong approach”, adding that “as
at today, in Nigeria, we are not only ready we
should be ready whether we like it or not. These
our children will not compete with somebody in
Ilorin alone; they will compete with somebody
even in Britain for the next generation of jobs.
They are going to compete with not just
somebody in Nigeria; that is why jobs are being
internationalised.”
“You are asking investors to come into Nigeria;
if they come into Nigeria and they establish
industries and they know the workforce you have
will not be able to sustain their industries, they
will have to import their workforce. It is when
you are able and capable that they will employ
you. Let us not deceive ourselves; this is a
digital age and information age. It is like saying:
are we ready for the use of digital-based
banking? The answer is obvious.”
According to Prof. Yusuf, going fully digital will
eliminate fraudulent practices in the system.
He said, “Nigeria is ready and we should go
digital. I don’t know what has happened, JAMB
has tried before now. I hope it is not sabotage
by some individuals. Nigerians have a way of
doing certain things; once they know something
does not favour them, they want to by-pass it
and destroy it”.
Pointing out that “Change is a natural thing”,
Prof. Yusuf said, “If people are asking JAMB to
go back to manual-based examination, it is
retrogressive. They should be asking JAMB, you
did this thing, there was a problem; how is it
that you are going to ensure that next time the
problem does not reoccur that is what we should
be doing …”
While commending JAMB for allowing for
remediation where lapses have occurred, the IOE
Director explained that in everything human,
there is bound to be error. Ngstudents.com
Prof. Yusuf, however, enjoined the examination
body to “go beyond its in-house IT officers”.
According to him, “JAMB should call
stakeholders, the IT officers and other experts in
the area of Information Technology from outside
the establishment and universities”, adding that
the University of Ilorin, which is a pioneering
institution in the area of computer-based test,
and others who have established themselves in
that area should be invited to be part of the
JAMB team as well as experts in tests and
measurements, for a brainstorming session. “Let
them open up what has happened and then that
is what we call system analysis, then we come
back to system synthesis. And I am sure the
body will be fortified and will provide better
services than what has happened before.”

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