The Pains and Gains of the JAMB


By Olutayo Irantiola

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board more popularly known as JAMB introduced the Computer Based Test (CBT) version of its exam in 2015 to stop examination malpractice. However, the experience has brought gains to some candidates and to others great pains. The ongoing 2016 experience has already brought gains and pains to candidates by returning them to the queue for the examination again in 2017.

The board conducts entrance examinations for prospective undergraduates into Nigerian universities. The board is also charged with the responsibility to administer similar examinations for applicants to Nigerian public and private polytechnics and colleges of educations.

The gains of the students include reduction of anxiety by getting their results in good time. Also, the encumbrance of accumulating scripts; and mistakes in the marking of results has been overcome with the CBT.

Unfortunately, many students that have prepared adequately for the examination do not have a score because of technical or electrical system malfunctioning. In addition, although the CBT can be a considered a technological advancement it has led to the loss of jobs. Instructors who were tasked to supervise JAMB examiners are no longer required in such a large number.

In the same vein, some candidates complain about their inability to register for the examination online. These complaints led to the impromptu ‘opening of the portal’ so that they could complete their registration for the ongoing examination. Saddening enough, some candidates had to travel out of their cities of residence to write this examination in other places they might never have visited. The candidates are unnecessarily exposed to road traffic accidents due to bad road networks and other dangers.

As technology is being adopted in the educational system in Nigeria; there should be a way of correcting these anomalies whenever it comes up. The JAMB should ensure that the technical ability is there to carry the burden of candidates who attempt to further their education to tertiary institutions annually.

On the bright side, a candidate from Kogi State, Ibrahim Shamwifu, has clinched 399 points out of the possible 400 and intends to be admitted into the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria.

The examination which started, February 29, 2016 will come to an end March 14, 2016.

Olutayo Irantiola is a Lagos based publicist and writer, he is also passionate about events that drive Nigeria into the future and loves all things Nigerian politics and entertainment.Find more stories like these here