Group urge FG to spread the use of CBT to recruitments

– The group, the New Initiative for
Credible Leadership has called on the
Nigerian government to adopt the
Computer-Based Test for all examination
and recruitment processes in Nigeria
– The group said the success witnessed
by the Joint Admissions
and Matriculation Board through the use
of CBT is a show of its effectiveness
Joint Admission and Matriculation
Board (JAMB)
A group, the New Initiative for Credible
Leadership on Sunday, June 12, urged the
Nigerian government to adopt the
Computer-Based Test (CBT) introduced by
the Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Board for all government examinations and
recruitment test in the country.
In a statement, the group’s executive
Samson Onwu said the confirmation by
examination stakeholders on the success of
CBT is a proof that the method is
recommendable.
Onwu said the CBT has also successfully
checked examination malpractices in the
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
(UMTE) and will do well in other
examination and recruitment process if
adopted.
He further added that the “man know
man” and nepotism which is synonymous
with examination processes in the country
will be eradicated with the wide use of the
CBT.
“We know that the results of Common
Entrance Examination into secondary
schools and Unity School entrance
examinations usually have acceptability
issues since examination fraud has spread
even to that level of education and we
believe that what the Registrar of JAMB,
Professor Dibu Ojerinde has done with CBT
for UMTE should be introduced at that
level,” Onwu said.

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He said: “The CBT could also help end the
rowdiness usually associated with written
interviews for government jobs since
Nigerian youths usually apply in their
hundreds of thousands.”
Comparing JAMB’s CBT with the botched
2014 Nigerian Immigration Service
recruitment, Onwu said the new
examination method is a lifesaving
alternative to the old system.
He said: “It can be applied for the
competency test before recruitment
processes move to the next stage.”
“We are certain that the corrupt tendencies
like cheating, favouritism and nepotism
that plague examination and government
recruitment processes would become
things of the past with the adoption of this
system,” he said.
He also suggested that JAMB should
partner with the Federal Character
Commission and recruitment agencies to
give Nigerians confidence in the numerous
initiatives that President Muhammadu
Muhammadu has introduced in the
implementation of the change agenda.
“This will also ensure that the infrastructure
for CBT are in use all year round with
continuous opportunity for improvement
based on experience from each
examination or test conducted,” he said.
The use of the CBT was introduced by the
registrar of JAMB, Dibu Ojerinde.
Since its implementation, examination
malpractices during JAMB have been
reportedly reduced with candidates getting
their result with a shorter period after
sitting for examination.

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