Candidates for this year’s edition of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) were availed the choice of Computer Based Test (CBT) and the Dual-Based Test (DBT) format during the recently concluded 2013 examinations conducted nationwide. The CBT and DBT are a radical departure from the traditional Paper Pencil Test (PPT) which is the benchmark in the country.
ChamsCity, the country’s largest and most advanced digital mall was among the designated centre for students who chose the Computer Based Test format over the Paper Pencil Test in Abuja, Lagos and across major cities. Over 400 students who chose CBT format wrote the 2013 UTME at ChamsCity Abuja under the direct supervision of Professor Dibu Ojerinde, Registrar, Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB).
According to Prof. Ojerinde, there was an increase of about 13.35 per cent in the number of candidates who registered for this year’s exam when compared with those registered last year. “1,735, 720 candidates applied for this year’s UTME as against last year’s 1,503,931 registrations. This represents an increase of 13.35 per cent; the total number of candidates sitting for the exam today is about 1.5 million while those writing outside the country are 378 in number”.
Explaining the rationale behind the adoption of Computer Based Test format, the JAMB helmsman said it is in line with the commitment of the examination board to do everything possible to make sure that the best is given in the area of service provision to the students.
To underscore the significance of the CBT format, the Honourable Minister for Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai, visited the ChamsCity Centre, Abuja during the examinations. Throwing her weight behind the pilot programme, she reiterated the need to secure a better future for the Nigerian child by giving them quality education services and providing necessary materials that measure with international standard. She emphasized that the federal government will do everything in its capacity to give quality education to the Nigerian Student
Engr. Akin Sawyer, Director, Chams Plc commended the Federal Government and JAMB for taking the bold step by piloting CBT format to ensure that the Nigerian child have equal opportunities and access to ultra modern learning and educational tools like their counterparts in developed economies. He added that Nigeria can fast-track attainment of its vision of becoming one of the top 20 economies in the world through investment in education, especially in the areas of science and technology.
ChamsCity in 2008 was certified by the Guinness world record as the largest digital cafe in the world and is equipped with over 1000 computer systems to serve various needs. ChamsCity is a business unit of Chams Plc and the centres in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt have served as enabling platform for various computer and non computer based trainings and testing.
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