In the past , students had to wait in batches just to write their UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination) exam or stand for hours just be among the first batch , not to forget having to spend the whole day at a Jamb examination centre. Now the future is a whole lot better than the past as the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has hinted about its plan to let UTME candidates write their exams from home.
According to pulse, which reported early this week, JAMB’s spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin who is the head of media made this known while featuring on Rock City FM Daybreak Show, in Abeokuta.
According to Benjamin, JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board) is thinking of an open book examinations that will allow candidates to write the examination from their houses. He also added that JAMB is looking forward to using advanced technology which will improve how students write their Unified Tertiary matriculation Examination.
Also added by Benjamin, stating that the current exam challenges faced by over 1.4 million candidates each year at various CBT centers across the country. “The prior main of using an advanced technology is to allow these candidates take this exam from anywhere in the country and from the comfort of their houses , which will reduce the challenges faced by these candidates during examination and these is also expected to reduce congestion on the CBT centers nationwide” as added by Benjamin.
The UTME by JAMB is the official examination for secondary/high school leavers who wish to be admitted into government funded tertiary institutions. It used to be that you would buy a form, submit the completed one and then go to a designated public school on a Saturday to write it. The exam is objectives based and depending on what program you wish to undertake in the university, you would write at least four courses. For example an aspiring engineering student would typically write English, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
By bringing technology to this “cumbersome” over the years, malpractice and other log jams as a result of the growing students population have been reduced to the barest minimum.