The Chairman of Nigeria
Union of Teachers (NUT) in Enugu State, Mr Chumaife Nze, has called for improved training of teachers and students in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Nze made the call in an interview with newsmen in Enugu.
He said most candidates who recently sat for examination for admission into universities were not familiar with the use of computers.
The chairman expressed the belief that their poor performance was due to poor knowledge of ICT and dying reading culture.
He advocated the employment of more ICT teachers and training and retraining of others for better performances in the Dual-Based Test (DBT) being used for UTME.
“The mass failure can be attributed to three major factors. If the students did not put enough efforts in their reading, there is no way they can expect miracles in their results.
“Secondly, JAMB has introduced the DBT mode where the use of computer is required and many students are not very attuned to the system.
“Students should be readily informed and educated on the system before the exams. The equipment should be available in schools so that students can practise and be effective in using it.
“Government should also train and retrain teachers to make them knowledgeable about the ICT programmes because one cannot give what he/she did not have’’, Nze said.
He said the DBT used for the examination was a technical device which required technical competence to operate.
He called on government, organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to donate computers to schools to help train the students in ICT before examinations.
However, some candidates who took part in the examination attributed the poor performance to time constraints.
Mr Chinonso Dike, who scored 152 points, said he would have done better if he was given enough time to conclude the examination.
“I live in Enugu but I was posted to Abakaliki for the exam. I got there when the exam had started but the officials did not give me extra time to finish. I wrote the exam under tension’’, Dike said.
Miss Grace Jibero, who said that her result was yet to be released, called for measures to tackle poor performances during JAMB examinations.
The Tide recalls that the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde had while releasing the results, said only 47 out of over one million candidates who sat for the examination scored 250 points and above.
According to him, only 24 candidates scored 250 and above in the Paper-Pencil Test (PPT), while 23 candidates scored 250 and above in the DBT, out of 1,015,504 that applied for both modes.
The Chairman of Nigeria