Some Candidates taking part in the on-going Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State say the introduction of Eight Key Device has made the Examination less cumbersome. The Candidates commended Joint Admission and Matriculation Board for the innovation but called for improvement on the quality of computer systems and network at Examination Centres.
Eight Key Device is an application that allows candidates to use only eight letters on the key board to check the problem of low computer literacy and phobia for mouse by some candidates. According to the operational mode of the device, candidates are expected to press letters A, B, C, D for answers to questions and P, N, S, and R for navigation.
Speaking on his experience, one of the candidates, Master Kelechi Nwaokorie explained that the device had created a level playing ground for all candidates but called on JAMB to make Examination Centres more conducive for such serious exercise. Two other candidates, Miss Charity Oroke and Miss Mercy Nnachi pointed out that JAMB kept its promise to follow the Syllabus in setting UTME questions but expressed reservations over the issue of timing for each paper and poor condition of some computer systems.
A Supervisor from Abuja JAMB OFFICE, Mrs Rose Eze explained that some of the technical challenges raised by the candidates were being addressed while the Board was committed to improving on the conduct of the Examination in line with world standard. Mrs Eze noted that the introduction of computer based examination paid off in one of the Centres in the State as one person was arrested by Security Agencies over alleged attempt to impersonate a candidate.