Computer centers demand improved investment from JAMB

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By Yusuf Akinlotan, Lagos

The Computer Based Test Centers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, (CPAN) has demanded more investment from Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as the body (CPAN) seek to sustain its joint record of conducting Malpractices free examinations in the country.

CPAN, a body of all e-Test/e-Study centre owners in Nigeria are in collaboration with JAMB to conduct Computer Based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for higher institution seekers via JAMB since its  inception in 2013.

Speaking on how CPAN works with JAMB, during their 4th National Conference with the theme;Technology in Education, held in Lagos, the President of the  Association, Mr Maxwell Akwuruoha said the JAMB board through its registration, embarked on a national tour and campaign to woo private investors.

These private sectors includes mostly heads of public institutions to commit nothing less than twenty five million naira in the establishment of a computer based center.

“Today an accepted centre for JAMB UTME exercise is expected to be made  up of 275 Computers on a cable local area network, contained in a single hall with adequate lightening system, cooling system, CCTV and stand by 60KVA generating set,” he said.

“The average cost of establishing a CBT center is about twenty five million naira and collective investment of over seven hundred centers in the country is net of fifteen billion naira,” he said.

To ensure further exam malpractices free conduct following the overwhelming challenges experienced in the 2019 UTME exercise, CPAN embarked on a fact find tour across the country.

After the tour, it discovered that absence of document of relationship, or a memorandum of understanding  was the major cause of lack  of commitment and motivation on the part of both JAMB and CBT Proprietors.

“In as much as CBT Proprietors qualified to be be termed partners in progress or stakeholders by virtue of their investment, vital roles they play from registrations to conduct of the JAMB UTME exams, the rational and feasibility of paying them with six hundred hundred naira per candidate who sits for exams in a center, has to be reviewed by the Joint Admission Body, JAMB,” Akwuruoha said.

The CPAN president who acknowledged the JAMB registrar, Professor Ish-haq Oloyede on his massive generation of fund to the federal government through the TSA , urged him to invest more on the CBT Proprietors who have  greatly contributed to his successful tenure with credible  technology based Exams conduct across the country.

Akwuruoha adds that CPAN stands in a better position to advocate intensively through collaboration with stakeholder, government agencies and Multinational Corporation for mass nation’s digital literacy awareness said.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim