The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is set to abolish the Computer Based Test (CBT) method for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) due to the low level of computer literacy among the candidates.
Registrar of the board, Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, disclosed this wednesday at the opening of a retreat on Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Supervision of the 2017 UTME at Arewa House, Kaduna.
He however said the board has developed an eight-key device to be used for answering the examination questions.
According to the JAMB registrar, the eight-key device would eradicate the challenge of computer illiteracy and phobia for mouse by some candidates.
“From the general feedback on the adoption of the Computer Based Test mode, we have noted the challenge of low level computer literacy of some candidates, especially with phobia for the mouse.
“This has been responsible partly for the call by some people for reversal to the paper and pencil test mode.
“In order to ensure equity and level playground for all candidates taking UTME, the board has designed a system that will allow candidates use only eight keys without the use of mouse.
“All the candidates need to do is to press the letters A,B,C,D for responses to questions and keys: P, N, S and R representing; previous question, next question, submit and reverse, respectively,” the JAMB registrar explained.
He also disclosed that the board is collaborating with a private institute to set up dedicated UTME centres for visually impaired candidates in Abuja, Lagos and Kano in 2018.
Oloyede said Digital Bridge Institute, in partnership with the board, has agreed to set up three centres.
He, however, said ahead of 2018, when the project of dedicated centres would come to fruition, the board has reached an understanding with the association for blind persons in Nigeria.