The Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB), has made mention of plans to have the university entry examination written by candidates from their places of residence throughout the nation.
Fabian Benjamin, the board spokesman, said this on Monday, March 12, in Abeokuta. Benjamin said: “We are thinking of open book examinations or allowing them write the examination from their houses. Once we get the required technology, we can do it,” Daily Trust reports.
Concerning challenges the confronting the board, especially in the current United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the JAMB spokesman remarked: “At any point if there is an issue, we find a way to solve it to ensure all candidates write the UTME with convenience.”
He said the results of the exam would be delayed as there was need to preview them before they were eventually released.
Benjamin further said: “Once a candidate clicks submit, the result is ready but we wait to preview the results before releasing so we don’t cancel results later. You can detect malpractice even after exams.”
On the proposed move by the examination board, Damilola Oyeshola, an ICT expert, said the challenge of IT infrastructure in Nigeria would make the implementation of the idea very difficult.
Oyeshola said: “One of the challenges we have with the UTME computer-based test is how to use computers by the candidates.” He stressed that there was need for more technology integration particularly in rural areas for the board to succeed in conducting the UTME for candidates from their individual homes.