Africa Arise for Change Network, AACN, has urged Nigerians to show more understanding with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, as it faces unique challenges in bringing tertiary institutions’ entrance examination to contemporary world standard.
Reacting to protests that followed the recent Computer Based Test, CBT, by JAMB, the Network’s leader, Nkechi Odoma, explained that Nigerians would have reacted differently if they understood the enormity of logistics and technicalities involved in the exercise.
Odoma, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, clarified that her group was not holding brief for the examination body, but that it would be sad to see the innovations brought in by JAMB’s Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, rolled back on account of hitches experienced this year.
She noted that Nigerians have the right and responsibility to insist that JAMB performs better next time since the examination directly impacts on the future of youths and the finances of their parents.
“We are not saying people should not protest or air their grievances, but those of us interested in the quality of education in this country should be worried when proprietors of ‘miracle examination centres’ sponsor protests simply because the CBT introduced by JAMB under Professor Ojerinde has sent them out of their dubious businesses.
“If we truly want world standard, we should be asking how to make the next JAMB better instead of holding protests to roll back the progress made with CBT. Let us not forget that some candidates see the protests as a gamble that could pay off if the results and entire examination are cancelled.’’

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