Every year, hundreds of thousands of
students sit for the Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME) to gain
entrance into Nigerian universities. The
large number of candidates coupled with
other logistics problems often makes
conducting the exams quite a headache for
the examination officials and the
Sometimes, problems are experienced in the
areas of insufficient materials which often
lead to missing scripts or missing results.
However, to curb this, the Registrar of the
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
(JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde announced
yesterday that three options would be
introduced for the 2013 UTME.
Paper and Pencil Testing (PPT), Dibu Based
Test (DBT), where questions would be
presented on computers and answers
would be on paper and Computer Based
Testing (CBT) where both questions and
answers would be done on computer.
Mr Ojerinde stated that candidates were at
liberty to choose one of the three options in
the 2013 UTME.
According to him, candidates who chose the
CBT option would get their scores a few
minutes after writing the examination on
their mobile phones.
“The internet age has come to stay with us
hence as actors in the new age, you cannot
afford to stay on the fence, you must be
prepared to join the train or else you are
left behind,” he told Daily Times.
This seems like quite a laudable initiative,
but the question is this; is JAMB prepared to
conduct Computer Based Tests for the
hundreds of thousands of students who
might opt for the new methods next year.
In 2012, a total of 1, 503,931 candidates sat
for the UTME and even though they were all
Paper and Pencil Testing, there were still
logistics problems.