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Friday, March 04, 2016

THE GAINS AND PAINS OF JAMB!

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Joint Admission Matriculation Board introduced the Computer Based Test (CBT) version in 2015 to stop examination malpractices. However, the experience has brought gains to some candidates while some have great pains. The ongoing 2016 experience has already brought gains and pains to  candidates by returning them to the queue for the examination again in 2017.

The gains of the student include reduction of anxiety by getting their results in good time. Also, the encumbrance of accumulating scripts; search for markers, who are vulnerable to mistakes, marking and collation of results have been overcome with the CBT.

Unfortunately, many students that have prepared adequately for the examination do not have a score because of system malfunctioning, technical or electrical, which was not their fault. They do not have anyone to help them out but to join the queue with thousands, if not millions, of secondary school leavers for 2017. People no more get extra income from the supervision and marking of JAMB questions like it was some years ago.

In the same vein, some candidates complained about their inability to register for the examination online. These complaints led to the impromptu ‘opening of the portal’ so that they can complete their registration for the ongoing examination. Saddening enough, some candidates had to travel out of their cities of residence to write this examination in other places they might never have visited. The candidates are unnecessarily exposed to road traffic accidents due to bad road network and other numerous dangers.

As technology is being adopted in the educational system in Nigeria; there should be a way of correcting these anomalies whenever it comes up. Examinations board should ensure that the technical ability is there to carry the burden of teeming candidates who attempt to further their education to tertiary institutions annually.


Although a candidate from Kogi State, Ibrahim Shamwifu, has clinched 399 points out of the possible 400. The candidate intends to be admitted into the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. The examination which started on Monday, 29th February 2016 will come to an end on the 14th March, 2016.
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