JAMB AND ICT IN NIGERIA
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) is Nigeria's official entrance examination board for tertiary-level institutions. The examinations being administered are available for most students who choose to apply to Nigerian public and private Monotechnics, Colleges of Education, Polytechnics, and Universities. Most of these candidates must already have concluded their external examinations, administered either by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the Nigerian National Examinations Council (NECO).
By 1974, there were seven federal universities in the country. Every one of these existing universities conducted its own ...view middle of the document...
ICT tools have helped people find, explore, analyze, exchange, and present information—most importantly, without discrimination. When efficiently used, ICT can provide quick access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities, and cultures.
Education especially is another sector in Nigeria which ICT has improved with emphases on the students or learners who are the target. It is in the quest to rank Nigeria among the developed countries that Nigerian Examination bodies have introduced online examination enrollment for candidates, checking and recurrently writing of their examination in real time mode. It is also important to note that computer illiteracy in the country is still high in as much as the government is doing her best to see that it is reduced. Most of the Nigerians who claim to be computer literate cannot stand a practical test on computer operation especially the computer graduates.
JAMB as a Nigeria's official entrance examination board for tertiary-level institutions on top of ICT to see that the country achieve her year 2020 vision by introducing online candidate registration, checking and writing.
Moreover, online registrations in Nigeria has been challenging in spite the developmental policies and programmes geared towards ICT in the country. In response to government efforts individuals, organizations and government agencies has done well in advocating the transition of traditional transactions to computerized operations in order to make things easier in the country.
One may then ask, is this really helping matters? I.e. is the system of computers doing more good than harm to the populace? Many Nigerians have being pounding on these as challenges faced by the ICT sector in Nigerian economy. One thing to note about this is that, a system which is open for innovations and advancement must face challenges and it is these challenges that then proud for advancement or innovations for the system to be relevant for those that it has been designed for.
Education, which is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research is another way Nigeria is trying to accept the computer age. JAMB as an examination body is not left out in the role Education is playing in fusing ICT into the society; the students are on the other hand laying blames to the body for doing more harm than good in try to fuse the system in their examination. But before one should jump into argument on this matter, he/she should first of all look critically into some things like:
The internet as you all know is the interconnection of computers worldwide for the purpose of information and or resource sharing. The internet has infrastructures or essential components that enable one to access its resources effectively. This means that before you have access to the internet, you must have certain things before you are...