Federal University Otuoke is presently experiencing human traffic with the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Computer Based Test (CBT) being held at the University’s E- Library.
Scheduled for 13days (17th-31st May 2014), the CBT commenced smoothly in FUO centre recording impressive number of candidates trooping to their examination venue.
To sit for the examination, a security check is first of all performed by members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) on the candidates, after which they proceed to the Biometric Verification Machine (BVM) for personal data verification. Lastly, the hall invigilators lead the candidates to a seat that match’s the seat number indicated on their electronic slip for the examination.
160 internet ready computer systems have been provided by FUO and candidates are expected to simply read the questions on the screen and click on the correct answers.
In a chat with FUO media team, the UTME Coordinator for FUO centre and also the Admissions Officer of the University, Mrs. Helen Hussein adjudged to the successful take-off of the CBT, which is in 2 phases each day for the period.
Phase 1: 7 am- 10am
Phase 2: 12 noon-3 pm
She assured that the time –table officially released by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) will be strictly adhered to, disclosing that facilities and manpower are on ground to make it a success, while stating that the Invigilators comprising of mostly Information and Connunication Technology (ICT) personnel were sourced from the Institution.
FUO media team further gathered from the assistant coordinator for the centre, Mr. Odio Abiobele that the ICT group is well disposed to assist candidates with difficulties, ranging from logging-in, registration, subject to subject progression and general use of the computer system.
Mr. Odio Abiolele who is also the Senior Network Administrator for FUO noted the flexibility of the computer based test (CBT) in comparison to the earlier taken Dual Based Test (DBT) and Paper-Pencil Test (PPT) “it is flexible in the sense that candidates who are late or missed their allocated bit for genuine reasons can sit for their examination in the next batch” he said.
He added that, the invigilators are alert to any form of malpractice, although the CBT can be said to be foolproof to cheating, and other illegalities as candidates questions vary and the photo card verification exercise makes impersonation impossible.
JAMB Team leader for FUO centre, Mr. Oboh Joseph in an interview stated that JAMB is working in sync with FUO authorities to ensure a hitch free examination.
He commended the effort of FUO Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko and Registrar, Mr.David Suowari for providing an enabling environment, facilities and manpower for the successful take-off of the CBT.
Mr. Oboh Joseph also scored the FUO centre high for having committed and experienced ICT experts who are ready to stem foreseeable challenges.
The Computer Based Test (CBT) continues until 31st May 2014.