UTME 2016: PTA begs JAMB for more computers, tutorials for rural candidates

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Yakubu Busari

The Parents Teachers Association(PTA) in Plateau state has pleaded with the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) to offer more computer tutorials for rural candidates who may not be conversant with the computer systems to write examination .

Mr Sylvester Yakubu, the Plateau PTA chairman who made this known to our correspondent in Jos  on Monday .

In his request ,he said some rural schools may have computer systems while some may never have come across a computer system talk more of operating it.

‘’ it is a welcome development that JAMB has adopted the Computer-Based Test, but they have to temper justice with mercy toward improving deplorable stage of educational system.

According to him,‘’ Some of these rural candidates have never seen computer systems talk more of operating one while some may have computers in their schools without operators.

Pointing out that‘’ When they enter the halls they become nervous and may not be composed to answer questions well because of such anxiety, ‘’ he explained.

The PTA official said he supervised centres in Shendam,Qua’anpan and Mikang LGs for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exams (UTME ) and there was no record of system failures.

Meanwhile, Mr Yakubu Jekada, the Plateau Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Coordinator said that CBT is not complex and can be written successfully by candidates from the hinterland.

‘’ There have been no record of students having challenges of using the computer systems because we made sure before the commencement of the UTME, a 5-10 minutes demonstration of how to use the systems is done.

‘’ Once you can operate a phone you can operate the computer systems, there is no technicality involved,’’ he explained.

He said the candidates at the rural centres will not be a disadvantaged because officials will replicate the demonstration to them also.

‘’ Candidates in the rural are not disadvantage in using the system for exams because we will replicate the demonstration to them,’’ he said.

A candidate who have never used a computer system came from Wase LG in 2014, wrote the exams successfully and he is now in University of Jos, and there are many others,’’ he explained.

Our report gathered that no case of candidate misbehavior was reported by the security agencies as they were being screened and no contraband material was also reported taken to the centres by candidates.

Mrs Naomi Chisak, the Public Relation Officer, NSCDC Plateau Command said 500 officers were deployed for the exams at the 18 CBT centres, those on standby and in mufti, man security surveillance in all Centres.

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