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JAMB UTME 2017- BLIND CANDIDATES TO TAKE JAMB UTME IN 2017

The registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, says
prospective blind candidates for UTME will write
this year’s examination by interactive mode.
Blind candidates to take UTME through
interactive mode
Oloyede said this while addressing some blind
candidates from the Bethesda Home for the
Blind on the sideline of the board’s stakeholders’
meeting with CBT centre owners on Monday in
Lagos.
The registrar said that because of the
insufficient number of the Braille Note Apex
machine normally used by blind, the board has
resolved to conduct the examination for them
through interaction.
“”This year, we are going to interact with you.
We will not be using the Braille Note Apex.
“”Once you fill the forms, we are going to group
all of you nationwide into three zones, Lagos,
Kano and Abuja and during the examination,
experts will interact with you on the various
subject.
“As a result of this development you will not be
taking Mathematics in this year’s examination.
“The experts will have discussions with you,
assess you on the various subjects (except
Mathematics) and score you over 400 and then
give us your scores,’’ he explained to the already
excited blind candidates.
“We know it is going to cost the board a lot
because we are bringing experts from diverse
subject areas to interact with them for this 2017
examination only, but at the same time, very
equitable as well as inclusive,’’ he said.
According to the registrar, it is necessary for the
blind candidates to take the examination through
this mode because they had not been adequately
trained on how to handle the Braille machines
for the examination.
He added that it would be unfair for the impaired
candidates to be subjected to use the machines
even when they had not been adequately trained
on how to use them.
“As you know, they do not have the capacity to
use these machines and exposing them to it just
24 to 48 hours before the examination does not
reflect equity.
“Henceforth we will place emphasis on training
all prospective blind candidates nationwide for
about two weeks on the use of the Braille Note
Apex machine before the commencement of our
examinations.
“Before next year’s examination, all prospective
blind candidates for UTME would have gone
through residential training on the ticket of
JAMB.
“We are not asking them to pay or do anything.
They will pay the normal fees for the
examination and then train them, whether they
want to sit for UTME or not, as long as they are
in their final year.
“This will make it easy for them to use the
machines,’’ he said.
He called on state governments to assist the
blind students in their respective states by
procuring the Braille Note Apex in order to serve
as an added advantage to their training
Oloyede added that there would be a centre in
each of the states for the training and hence the
need to encourage the state governments to
acquire the machines.
He added that the machines costs not less than
N1.5 million each; adding that every government
that believed in the development of the youth
and the nation at large should be able to afford
as many as possible.
“We have found out too that some of the blind
candidates do not perform optimally in our
examination because they are not properly
exposed to the machines.
“That is the main reason why we want to
suspend the use of the machine for this year’s
examination and opt for the interactive mode.
““As soon as we get more of the machines, we
will continue with the Braille note Apex CBT.”
He said the Digital Bridge Institute has given the
board assurance that from next year, will acquire
sufficient machines for the training of these
candidates before and during the examination.
He said currently only 20 of the machines were
at the disposal of the board and would not be
enough to cater for the over 200 blind
candidates nationwide that would be taking the
examination this May.

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