The House of Representatives has just ordered that Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) scrap its computer-based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Punch reports that the lawmakers asked the examination body to return to the old pen and paper method. Reports also say that the Reps suggested that JAMB should give students the option of sitting for the computer based, or the pen and paper exam.
A lawmaker, Mr. Oghene Emma-Egoh who raised the motion, said the technical issues experienced during the computer-based tests, has dashed the hopes of students who aspire to further their education.
“The House is worried that already, serious admission problem is rocking the nation because JAMB receives huge allocation from the Federal Government, they charge candidates all manner of fees and majority of the candidates do not gain admission because of the technical hitches of the CBT.”
Mr Emma-Egoh also cited an instance a 17-year-old girl, Foluke in Ejigbo-Lagos, scored an aggregate of 156 in the first result, while in the result that later came out, she had an aggregate of 196.”