By Ugonnabo Ngwu
Owners of Computer-Based Testing Centres, CBTC, have called on the authorities of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to learn to trust the accredited computer based testing centre owners, stressing that they have zero tolerance for examination malpractice.
This was as the board or any of its officials failed to show up at a One-Day seminar organised in Lagos to sensitised members of the CBTC Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria on the ethics, metrics and technicalities of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Speaking at the seminar, president of the CBTC proprietors, Mr. Austin Ohaekelem said: “We are re-branding the CBT centres in such a way that we are introducing zero tolerance for examination malpractice, JAMB should trust us enough and take us as true collaborators and stakeholders in the business and if they are able to do that I want to believe we are on a straight way to zero examination malpractice.”
He maintained that the operators of CBT centres believe in examination integrity and corrupt free examination, noting that they were gentlemen and women of the country who had invested so much in the sector.
Meanwhile, the association lamented the failure of JAMB to attend stakeholders meeting where issues bothering on the success of 2018 UTME were discussed, stressing that the event would have been an opportunity to resolve their grievances.
“The forum was to run communication between the JAMB’s management and the CBT centres. We also expected that when we have issues, they would respond through that forum.
“The way forward is with a forum like this, we invited JAMB for this programme, but unfortunately did not come.
“If they had come, they would have been able to listen to us. We are the people in the field doing the work for them, if they had come, they would have listened to us one on one, so that they can go back and work it out, but they didn’t come. Even their representatives in Lagos who were invited did not come either,” Ohaekelem said.
Speaking in the same vein, the chairman of CBT operators in Lagos, Ogedengbe Alexander, stated that, “JAMB needs to improve on its communication. We will like them to be aware that the time they mandated us to go download the software and install it into our computer was too short. ”
“They asked us to download the software less than 24 hours for the browser that will be used for the examination. They asked us to download it on a Sunday when many would go to church within that time. ”But because we needed to build this country educationally, we obeyed and went to the centres to ensure that softwares were installed. Next time, I expect them to improve in that aspect and give us reasonable time to get it done.”