By Stanley Onyekwere
In what seems as reinforcement of its resolve to a broad based, inclusive and all round academic proficiency, the FCT Administration has launch of a Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Computerised Based Test(JAMB-CBT) Training Centre for youth in the Territory.
It was gathered that the initiative was part of measures to ensure adequate provision of relevant training and programmes to enhance academic development among students in the FCT.
According to the Acting Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, Mrs Dili Onyedima while inspecting the training Centre for youth especially prospective JAMB students” in the Territory, the facility will widen and expose them on mastering of the CBT processes.
Onyedima enjoined the beneficiaries to use the opportunity to improve on their computer skills and proficiency in preparations for the forth coming UTME/JAMB CBT Examinations; noting that the essence of the training itself is to enhance their chances/successes in the forthcoming JAMB Exams.
Also speaking, the Director, FCT Youth Development Department, Hajia Hajarat Alayande informed that the Department in collaboration with V-Learning Institute, an ICT Consult, decided to organise the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board CBT Training for youth in the FCT, who are preparing to write the JAMB Examination to acquaint themselves with the processes and pattern of the CBT exams by JAMB.
Mrs Alayande noted that the initiative will enable parents who cannot pay for their wards have an opportunity to learn the rules before taking the Exams, as well as to create an avenue for those who are not computer literate to do so.
According to her, the relevant JAMB CBT Softwares and applications including that of Past JAMB questions have been installed in the systems in the the ICT unit of the Youth Centre.
She adds: “ It is hoped that by next year 2021, the centre will register with JAMB and acquire an accreditation status to operate as a JAMB CBT Centre thus making it easier for candidates around the environs to register and write their Exams.”
On his part, the Centre’s Administrator, Mr. Tam Dokubor explained that they have engaged in several advocacy and sensitization to the nooks and crannies of the environment including JAMB study centres, so as to encourage as many students as possible to participate in the free JAMB CBT Training.
He however, appealed to the FCT Administration to purchase more computers for the Centre, in order to accommodate more students in subsequent trainings.
Not left out, one of the beneficiaries, Sunday Kuyembo, a 16 year-old student of Government Secondary School Karu commended the FCT Minister and the Youth Department of SDS for their deep insights to bring JAMB closer to them.
Noting that he is not computer literate, the student said with the two weeks training, he is sure that he would have all he requires before, during and after the JAMB CBT Exams.
Another beneficiary, Miss Aisha Abdulyakeem, who described it as an enriching programme, however appealed that the administration should endeavour to sustain it, so as to accommodate more students, whose parents are not in a position to pay for a private Cyber-Cafe training for acqusition of computer appreciation knowledge, required before sitting for the JAMB exams