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How to make students pass UMTE — Educationist


The major reason accounting for the failure of candidates in
the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME),
conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
(JAMB) is the inability of many schools to make e-learning a
priority, thus making it extremely difficult for candidates to
manipulate computer in the exam hall. This revelation came
from the Chief Learning Officer of Mandate Private Schools,
Akesan, Igando, Lagos, Rev. Sunday Attah. This, according to
him, arose from the failure of many schools to anticipate the
introduction of computer- based exam in the country. His
words: “The reason our students pass UTME excellently well
every year is because we were able, far back as 2008, to
predict the introduction of computer-based examination in
Nigeria and we immediately made e-learning from primary
school to SS3 a top priority.
At a forum in South Africa in 2008 which I attended and was
organized by the Nigeria based Accelerated Learning Group,
we did a 5- year projection on educational development
where we predicted the adoption of computer-based
examination in Nigeria given our assessment of the situation
in other parts of the world. There and then I decided to
introduce computer–based examination in my school which
I implemented on returning to Nigeria from South Africa
.Thus, students of Mandate Private Schools were already
doing computer-based examination even before JAMB
introduced it.
The first step we took was to transform our SS1-SS3 classes
to e- learning classrooms. Each of the students has laptop
and teachers’ notes are transferred to students’ laptops
through wireless devices. We have given ourselves a time
frame to introduce the intensive ICT education to our
primary section, which will make pupils/students from
Primary 1 to SS3 computer literate and internet friendly.
These pupils and students are taught by competent
computer teachers in the use of word processing,
multimedia, internet, e-mail, desktop publishing, networking
and computer aided designs.
Their familiarity with computer gives them emotional and
psychological stability in the JAMB-conducted computer-
examination. This accounts for the high figure of about 95%
of our students who gain admissions to various universities
every year. I must quickly add that the reason for the failure
of many students across the country in the examination is
their lack of exposure to computer from their secondary
schools. Expectedly, such students will lose self-confidence
in the examination hall. Any student who is jittery in the
examination hall as a result of his or her inability to operate
computer will fail woefully.’’
This claim of overwhelming success in the UTME, says the
school proprietor, is underscored by the large number of
the school’s former students who have graduated as well as
those who are presently studying in different universities
around the world. The list of these undergraduate students,
according to him, include Aminat Abolade who is studying
Medicine at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Bola Owate
also studying Medicine in the University of Lagos; Favour
Attah is reading Management Information System at
Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state, and Ashifor Oghene
who is studying International Relations and Diplomacy at the
University of Benin.
The Chief Learning Officer continued: “We also have Jerry
Ogwo and ‘Kemi Omotade both of whom are studying
Medicine in the University of Ukraine. Emmanuel Ichebi is
reading Electrical Engineering at the University of
Agriculture, Makurdi while David Ogwo and Ebenezer
Chiazor are studying Computer Science and Electrical
Engineering respectively at Covenant University. On their
part, Praise Attah and Laurel Chiazor are students of
International Relations and Economics respectively at
Benson Idahosa University, Benin City while Adnan Mojeed
is reading Aeronatic Engineering at the University of Ilorin.

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