JAMB says candidates may start writing exams from home soon

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By Oluwatobi Opusunju

Jamb candidates may start writing entry examinations into tertiary institutions from the comfort of their homes across the country soon, the Spokesman for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB), Dr. Fabian Benjamin has revealed.

Benjamin who disclosed this while speaking recently on a radio program said the board is already considering options to make this work but there would be need for the required technology to be deployed before it can fly.

“We are thinking of open book examinations or allowing them write the examination from their houses. Once we get the required technology, we can do it,” he disclosed.

JAMB may be considering this option following criticisms for its inability to provide adequate Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in some states.

Critics said some local government councils (LGAs) do not have CBT centres at all, and even the few that have are overcrowded usually forcing candidates to travel to other towns for the exercise.

More than 1.4 million candidates registered for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). IT Edge News checks show that there are only about 280 approved CBT centres across the country, indicating that about 5000 students manage just one CBT centre for the entry examinations.


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