As Nigerians continue to express different opinions about embrasing the Computer Based Test (CBT), introduced by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has given their support to the board, saying it has brought the nation’s tertiary entrance examination in alignment with global best practice.
In a statement issued by Engr. David Onmeje, the Publicity Secretary of NDMG in the United Kingdom, the group said that opposition to the use of CBT by some persons should be anticipated but nevertheless, it does not in any way lower the gains of adopting the system.
According to Onmeje, the criticisms arising from the several reports of irregularities and shortcoming recorded in this year’s examination are not sufficient reasons for JAMB to discontinue the use of CBT but instead, it should be treated as areas to be improved upon in future examinations.
According to the contents of the statement:
“All innovations have early adopters and persistent opponents but advancement always have to happen in the interest of mankind. Even countries with the more advanced technologies still have citizens that kick against innovative concept and express preference for older systems but societies that are determined to progress do not allow objections to hold them back.
“We urge Nigerians to support the CBT. JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde should be commended instead of the ingratitude that criticism over the system’s teething problems amounted to.”
NDMG, however, called on Professor Ojerinde to reveal plans for correcting identified weaknesses to Nigerians in order to further increase confidence in the examination body. The group said:
“We believe JAMB can leverage on its successful innovations in other aspects of tertiary entrance examination to convince Nigerians that CBT is the way to since the changes it had introduced in the past are now fully accepted despite the initial opposition to them.
“Online registration, unification of all entrance examinations and e-result and other innovations of JAMB are now very popular with the population even though they earlier faced similar resistance.
“But for us in Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group, these are things we see in other climes regularly and we are proud that Nigeria too is getting up to speed with the application of technology to vital institutions,” the statement explained.