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Uc Updates : The Association of Tutorial School Operators ATSO accuses Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) of using the wrong grading software to mark the2016/2017.


The Association of Tutorial School Operators (ATSO) has
accused the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
(JAMB) of using the wrong grading software to mark the
2016/2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
(UTME).
The group claimed that the error was responsible for the
poor and conflicting results that were released by the
board for the examination written between February 27
and March 17 in over 500 centres nationwide.
At a press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday, President of
the group, Mr Shodunke Oludotun, alleged that the board
erroneously used the software from last year to grade
this year's examination.
He called for the release of the right results, as well as the
resignation of the JAMB Registrar, Prof 'Dibu Ojerinde.
Oludotun said: "We have our evidence to show that
virtually all the candidates we have collected results of
2015/2016 and not of 2016/2017.
"This year, Prof Dibu Ojerinde advertised 2016/2017
UTME – we all saw it. During his press conference, he
also mentioned 2016/2017. During the exam, the
students on their monitor, it displayed 2016/2017. Why is
it that the result that was sent to the students showed
2015/2016?
"From our findings from insiders in JAMB, we realized
that the software of 2015/2016 interfered with the
2016/2017, which led to the massive failure of the
students. If you can see the trend of results from
(February) 27 to 29, the students failed; (March) 7-15, the
students failed massively.
"But we noticed that the 27-29 were compensated with
40 marks still under the interference of software. We can
see that the 2015/2016 software was used to mark, that
was why the students were receiving 2015/2016 results.
So where is 2016/2017 result? That is what we are
asking Prof Dibu Ojerinde…We are saying that Prof Dibu
Ojerinde should step aside."
Though the House of Representatives has told JAMB to
revert to the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) mode of the
examination since the conduct of the Computer Based
Test (CBT) was fraught with irregularities, Oludotun said
the group was in support of the CBT because it is better.
"This Association of Tutorial School Operators, we are not
against CBT. CBT has really helped to bring more
students to tutorial centres. It makes them to be serious;
and we have taught them. But for CBT, the whole JAMB
exam would have been messed up. Because before CBT,
it will only take you N2,000 for Cyber café to send the
answers to you. So I want to say that we appreciate the
professor for introducing the CBT; and we are in support
of CBT," he said.
However, he called for Ojerinde to step aside so someone
else would build on the foundation he has laid to conduct
hitch free examinations.
Responding to ATSO's allegations of software mishap,
Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB's Director of Media and
Public Relations, said whether 2010 or 2019 software was
used, what was important was the programming and not
the marking guide.
"I am not a programmer, but I can confirm to you that
JAMB does not joke with its template. What happened
with the 40 marks issue is because the scripts were
marked based on 250 marks because only English
Language is 100 while the other three papers carry 50
marks, making a total of 250.
"So when the first results were released, they were
calculated based on 250, and after normalization we felt
it would not be ideal for us to cheat on the candidates. So
we had to quickly send them their real scores," Benjamin
stated.
He refuted claims that the House Committee on
Education had ordered the board to revert to PPT. Onl the
contrary, he said the committee praised JAMB for
introducing the CBT.
"The House never considered ordering the examinationn
to revert to PPT; individual members only raised
suggestions," he said.




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