NIGERIA: JAMB set for 2013 UTME

JAMB set for 2013 UTMEAs part of its efforts to conduct the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it is set for a hitch-free exam as 166 coordinators for Computer-Based Test (CBT) and Paper Pencil Test (PPT) scheduled for April 27 across the nation held a meeting ahead of the examination.

The coordinators are senior and experienced staff drawn from 190 coordinating tertiary institutions across the country.

The meeting was designed to keep the coordinators abreast of 2013 UTME features, its expectations and their roles towards ensuring the success of the examination.

Declaring the training open, the Registrar (JAMB), Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde charged the coordinators to see their engagement as a national call and service to their fatherland.

He noted that in the smooth administration of any examination, the quality and role of examination officials cannot be over-emphasized.

“JAMB experience has shown that result blackout, incomplete results and other problems occur as a result of certain shortcomings often discovered either on the part of the candidate or on the part of other stakeholders right from the stage of registration of candidates to the conduct of the examination.

“It is against this backdrop that the Board deems it necessary to conduct this training for her examination officials.”

Professor Ojerinde pointed out that the purpose of training was to provide comprehensive information on the role of the UTME coordinators, supervisors, centre coordinators, assistant coordinators, invigilators, technical staff and attendants, for the smooth conduct of the 2013 UTME.

In an address of welcome, the Acting Director, Test Administration Department, Dr. Yusuf Lawal commended the Registrar for the various initiatives and achievements recorded since he came on board as the helmsman.

Dr. Lawal pointed out that “Between 2007 when Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde was appointed as the Registrar of JAMB and now, we have recorded a number of achievements too numerous to mention but it will not be out of place, because of its direct relevance to our activity of today to recall with some sense of satisfaction that Professor Ojerinde introduced the UTME in 2010. On the heels of this, we are here in 2013 celebrating the introduction of Computer-Based Test .”

“We congratulate the registrar and chief executive, management team and staff of the board for the general innovations that have practically taken the board to the next stage of development.”

He said the Computer-Based Test mode will be conducted alongside two other modes, that is, Dual Based Test (DBT) and the traditional Paper and Pencil Test (PPT).

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