The group, the New Initiative for Credible Leadership has called on the Nigerian government to adopt the Computer-Based Test for all examination and recruitment processes in Nigeria.
The group said the success witnessed by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board through the use of CBT is a show of its effectiveness
A group, the New Initiative for Credible Leadership on Sunday, June 12, urged the Nigerian government to adopt the Computer-Based Test (CBT) introduced by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board for all government examinations and recruitment test in the country.
In a statement, the group’s executive Samson Onwu said the confirmation by examination stakeholders on the success of CBT is a proof that the method is recommendable.
Onwu said the CBT has also successfully checked examination malpractices in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE) and will do well in other examination and recruitment process if adopted.
He further added that the “man know man” and nepotism which is synonymous with examination processes in the country will be eradicated with the wide use of the CBT.
“We know that the results of Common Entrance Examination into secondary schools and Unity School entrance examinations usually have acceptability issues since examination fraud has spread even to that level of education and we believe that what the Registrar of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde has done with CBT for UMTE should be introduced at that level,” Onwu said.
He said: “The CBT could also help end the rowdiness usually associated with written interviews for government jobs since Nigerian youths usually apply in their hundreds of thousands.”
Comparing JAMB’s CBT with the botched 2014 Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment, Onwu said the new examination method is a lifesaving alternative to the old system.
He said: “It can be applied for the competency test before recruitment processes move to the next stage.”
“We are certain that the corrupt tendencies like cheating, favouritism and nepotism that plague examination and government recruitment processes would become things of the past with the adoption of this system,” he said.
He also suggested that JAMB should partner with the Federal Character Commission and recruitment agencies to give Nigerians confidence in the numerous initiatives that President Muhammadu Muhammadu has introduced in the implementation of the change agenda.
“This will also ensure that the infrastructure for CBT are in use all year round with continuous opportunity for improvement based on experience from each examination or test conducted,” he said.
The use of the CBT was introduced by the registrar of JAMB, Dibu Ojerinde.
Since its implementation, examination malpractices during JAMB have been reportedly reduced with candidates getting their result with a shorter period after sitting for examination.