Computer based testing in rural Nigeria

Following Tuesday's UK-Nigeria Meeting (held weekly since 2008) Filo Boko emailed us this morning with additional information to help clarify the current issues with regards to computer based examinations  (ie realities on the ground!).

"This year 2015, the JAMB (Joint Admission Matriculation Board) commenced 100% CBT, Computer Based Test mode of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Nigeria.

 The Computer-Based Testing (CBT) is a method of administering tests/exams in which the questions and answers are electronically generated, recorded and assessed. Results are received ideally within 24hrs. The main objective for this is security of the tests, to eliminate examination malpractices and improve admission and examination processes.

The major huddle of CBT in Nigeria is the limited number of centers to the large number of candidates that take the test. A center is expected to have at least 150 computers to be accredited for CTB. For now, there is one center in Kafanchan, only a privileged few get to be assigned to that centre, the rest are posted outside kafanchan and some as far as other states. Fantsuam Foundation plans to become a center.

The available and affordable computers that can be used for this purpose are the ‘Thin Client’ computers. These computers are portable (mini) laptops that use less power and occupy less space. Each computer costs about  ₦ 15,000 in Nigeria. The next hurdle to cross would be affordable, reliable and sufficient bandwidth. 

But First things first. Fantsuam Foundation needs 150 ‘Thin client’ laptops to become a CBT center in Kafanchan like yesterday!"

If you can help by providing 'stuff' eg " Fantsuam Foundation needs 150 ‘Thin client’ laptops please contact us in the first instance.