The Federal Government has said that the Computer Based Tests that was recently introduced by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) will not be scrapped.
The Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka, announced this during a press conference on Monday.
“The Computer Based Tests have been institutionalised by JAMB and there is no going back on this policy. Computer literacy is now in vogue all over the world and anybody that decides to deny himself this competency, has himself to blame.”
“If a student, who goes out there and fails the CBT examination, decides to carry placard against JAMB instead of making concerted effort to be computer literate, that is his business.”
“The emphasis of the present administration is on science and technology, from the primary to the tertiary institutions. This policy will make the beneficiaries self reliant.”
“There is an existing law in this country that mandates the Teachers Registration Council to ensure that all teachers must possess professional certificates. It is only in Nigeria that people teaching in our classrooms do not have the basic teaching certificate.”
People teach with subject area qualification without necessarily having the teaching qualification. The National Universities Council, NUC, has even designed a programme called Post Doctoral Certificate in Education, for university teachers”, he added.
He advised university lecturers to realize that there has been serious infrastructural improvements in tertiary institutions, since the establishment TET-FUND by the Federal Government.
“Lecturers battled for this and since it has been achieved, what they should now do is shun all manner of distractions and improve their level of commitment to their calling”, Anwuka pleaded.