CPAN demands more investment from Matriculation Board

Yusuf Akinlotan, Lagos


The Computer Based Test Centres Proprietors Association of Nigeria,(CPAN), has demanded better investment  from Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board( JAMB) as the body (CPAN) seeks to sustain its 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  introduction 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 Akwuruola said in 2013 ,the JAMB board through its registration embarked on a national tour and campaign to woo private investors mostly and heads of public institutions to commit nothing less than twenty five million naira in the establishment of a computer based centre.

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

According to him “the average cost of establishing a CBT centre is about twenty five million naira and collective investment of over seven hundred centres in the country is net of fifteen billion naira”

However, 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 and discovered that absence of  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.

Akwuruoha said “in as much as CBT Proprietors qualified to 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 naira per candidate who sits for exams in a centre, has to be reviewed by the Joint Admission Body, JAMB”

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

“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”, Akwuruoha said.