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17-03-2016 18:53:00 +0000
The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the
Federal Government to direct Joint Admissions
Matriculation Board (JAMB) to suspend the computer
based 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
The decision of the House was sequel to the adoption the
prayers of a motion brought under matters of urgent
public importance by a member, Hon. Oghene Egoh
The lawmaker while moving the motion said there was
need for JAMB to revert to the paper examination until
the board was ready to conduct a hitch-free Computer
Based Test (CBT).
According to him, over a million candidates who sat for
the computer based UTME recorded various degrees of
The technical hitches, he said, jeopardised the
candidates’ chances of gaining admission into the
His words: “Already serious admission problem is
rocking the nation because already JAMB receives huge
allocation from Federal Government every year.
“Yet they charge candidates all manner of fees and
majority of the children do not gain admission either
because of the technical hitches of the CBT or the post
UTME introduced by various tertiary institutions,” Egor
Egoh said that while some candidates are getting
conflicting scores in the ongoing exercise, others are
complaining of malfunctioning computers.
He said: “There were instances of double-option
answers, computers were malfunctioning and suddenly
short down causing absurdity that place some
candidates in disadvantaged position.”
Aishatu Dukku (APC-Gombe) opined that JAMB was not
ready for the computer based option, adding that JAMB
should “make it optional for students on whether to use
computer based or pen and paper.”
But a member, Mohammed Zakari (APC-Kwara) said
students in diaspora who are participating in the
examination should be considered.
According to him, the computer based option would
enable students abroad to participate in the examination.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara, in his ruling mandated the
House Committee on Education to liaise with Federal
Ministry of Education to ensure compliance and report
back to the House within one week.