The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Thursday disclosed to grapevine that the introduction of Computer Based Test (CBT) was to curb examination malpractice.

The Kaduna State Coordinator of JAMB, Mr Matthew Audu said this in Kaduna at a one-day advocacy and sensitisation campaign on the the use of CBS during Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Audu said the e-testing method would also facilitate faster release of examination results thereby cutting down on the time “candidates wait anxiously for results”.

He said the computer testing would release a candidate’s score immediately after the completion and submission of answers.

According to him, the board would phase-out the traditional paper pencil method of examination in 2015.

“By 2015, no candidate will be allowed to write UTME through the traditional paper pencil method; it will strictly be computer based test.”

The Coordinator, therefore, advised schools to ensure that their students were properly trained on the use of computer, to be able to write the UTME without stress. gathered that, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 100 students from 10 schools wrote a mock UTME during the sensitisation campaign, to enable them become familiar with the new method of examination.

One of the students, who spoke to NAN, Oluchi Okoli from FGC, Kaduna said the new system was more accurate and would eliminate cheating during examinations.

Also, Favour Jonathan from Dambo International School described the e-testing as “transparent”.

The moral decadence in the society and the struggle to attain certification in the face of poor academic performance has been some of the major causes of examination malpractice in Nigeria.

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