Written By Edesiri Vuevu

The Joint Action Coalition on Education (JACE) in Lagos has promised to prevail on authorities of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to allow candidates who missed out of the recent Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination re-sit the exam. 

JACE is a body of civil organizations drawing membership from NGOs, professional bodies and pressure groups across Nigeria, which also monitors educational issues in Nigeria.

During a press briefing at Ogba, it’s South West Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Ayokunle Adumashin, said, “With the reports that some candidates slated to write their examination on the first Saturday of the UTME but failed to do so due to some technical reasons, we shall prevail on JAMB to allow them write the exams.” 

According to Mr. Ayokunle, JACE has monitored 75 per cent of the 624 designated examination centers across the country, during last Saturday’s examination it was discovered that most candidates were technophobia in their usage of computer to write the examination. While some students were calling for reversal to paper pencil test examination due to system failures.

He said, “Secondary schools should rather improve on exposing students to Information and Communications Technology (ICT), so that the country can get to a stage where candidates do not experience cyber phobia or fear of computer or technology and parents must ensure that they have familiarized their children with contemporary technology and trends before they complete secondary school”.

He posited that, the knowledge of ICT would help students minimize the struggle with technophobia at decisive points in their lives. 

However, the introduction of computer based test and CCTV by the board in the conduct of the unified tertiary examinations, will further reduce the incidents of malpractices which will be mounted at 624 examination centers to record incidence of exam malpractices at every center.