• Thursday, May 30, 2024
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Benue ready for computer-based UTME this year

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Benue State has said it is ready to implement the digital test system for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) this year. It stressed that this will eliminate exam fraud and allow fairness in admissions into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

Amodu Wambai, the zonal coordinator, JAMB Benue zonal office, declared the preparedness of his zone at the inauguration of National Orientation Agency’s public campaign on ‘Do the right thing: Raise integrity standards in schools’ held in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

He stated that “Nigeria is infested with several retrogressive indices including quest for certificates instead of knowledge in our schools, inefficient workforce, and an endless list of social vices including cultism, prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking, political and thuggery. Others include superiority of mediocrity over meritocracy, contempt from the outside world with regard to the quality of our educational attainments.”

Wambai, however, outlined some of the modest efforts made by the board in checkmating the menace to include embossment of candidates’ photographs on their e-registration slips, result slips and admission letters; the introduction of an electronic device which captures candidates’ thumbprints during the registration process known as the biometric system and the latest offering from modern technology in form of computer based test (CBT).

 

BARNES AGIRIGI, Makurdi