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10 Ways to Improve JAMB in Nigeria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is the body that is responsible for conducting Matriculation Examinations in Nigerian universities. Before now, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations had been the paper-and-pencil type. With the increase in technology, JAMB now resorted to conducting Computer Based Tests (CBT).

With the much noise about the Computer Based Tests, one begins to wonder whether JAMB did its homework well before venturing into the unknown. Whatever happens, JAMB can be improved. In this article, we want to suggest ten ways to improve JAMB.

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We hope that these ten ways can improve JAMB:

  • Planning well ahead of time
  • Training and retraining JAMB staff
  • Collaborating with the universities
  • Improved verification exercise
  • Timely kick-off of examinations
  • Listening to candidates’ complaints
  • Maintaining one standard
  • Improved internet service
  • Creating personal centres
  • Early release of resultsInformation Guide Nigeria

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Ways of Improving JAMB

1. Planning well Ahead of Time

All the complaints about the failure of biometric machines, internet services failing, malfunctioning computers and late kick-off of examinations are indications that JAMB had not been planning and preparing well for the examinations that it conducts.

JAMB has a whole year to prepare for these examinations, why then should there be failures? What stops JAMB from testing all the needed gadgets before the commencement of its examinations?Improve JAMB in Nigeria

The answer to these questions is simple: lack of proper planning and preparation. Therefore, to improve JAMB, it should plan well and prepare well ahead of time in the conduction of its examinations.

2. Training and Retraining of JAMB staff

Computer Based Test is an innovation by JAMB. Now, we cannot say that it is a failure. All that JAMB needs is an improvement. As part of that improvement, JAMB should train and retrain its staff and all those who help it in conducting its examinations.

One thing with technology is that it continues to evolve. All forms of technology are hardly static. The computers of the nineties are not the same as the ones of the twenties. Some people who complained of computer malfunctioning could be that they cannot operate the type they saw in the examination hall. Someone who is used to Windows XP might find it difficult to operate Windows 10.10 Problems and Challenges Facing the Nigerian Bar Association

Another thing that can be of help to JAMB is posting candidates early enough and allowing them to go to such centres for practice before the examination day. Thus, the candidates will get used to the computers they will use during the examination.

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3. Collaborating with the Universities

Before JAMB took over the joint conduction of matriculation examinations for the universities, they had been conducting their examinations and interviewing intending candidates. JAMB should not push these universities aside. It has to liaise with them. As for, the candidates who are eventually coming to the universities as students, what then prevents them from taking the examinations in those universities?Npower Recruitment

During my time, I travelled from Kwale to Auchi Polytechnic for my examination. Moreover, I know that most candidates of those days did the same thing. Why should JAMB make use of local computer centres for its examinations when the universities are there? To improve, JAMB should consider using universities instead of local computer centres.

4. Improved Verification Exercise

Now that JAMB has decided to be using biometric scanning machines, it should make sure that the scanners are in proper shape. In addition, it should not purchase fake scanners. The scanners should be able to say that the thumbprints they are picking are different from the ones that are in the database. Being unable to identify a thumbprint at all is bad.

Nothing can be more disappointing for a candidate who has spent all the money he had only to go to an examination centre and be turned back due to the failure of a scanner. Where scanners fail, JAMB should make room for manual verification. Thus, JAMB shall be improved.BANK CODES IN NIGERIA

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5. Timely Kick-off of Examinations

JAMB has a whole year to prepare for the following year’s examination, what excuse has it for starting the examinations late? Before JAMB fixes dates for its examinations, it should make sure that all logistics are in place for the proper holding of the examinations. To improve in this area, JAMB should start preparing for the examinations on time.JAMB Form

6. Listening to Candidates’ Complaints

There is always room for improvement. JAMB can only improve when it knows its fault. Listening to the candidates’ complaints will let JAMB know the areas where it did not do well. In the following year, it will have to improve in that area. Thus, JAMB would be on its way to perfection.

7. Maintaining one Standard.

JAMB is conducting one examination. Giving different candidates different questions in the same examination means that the examination is not standardized. When put in its proper terms, it means that JAMB is maintaining double standards.

What that means is that the examination is an examination of chance and luck because a candidate might be lucky to get a cheaper question than the other candidate might. This is against educational ethics. It throws confusion during the assessment. Throwing different questions at different candidates is not known to be a way of curbing examination malpractice. Therefore, to improve, JAMB should stop maintaining double standards in its examinations.JAMB Result

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8. Improved Internet Service

Like the power supply, internet service is epileptic in Nigeria. Yet, though costly, there are companies that supply stable high internet services. I know of Universities that, as long as you are within the university environment, and as long as your computer is WI-FI enabled, it browses wherever you are.WAEC Result

What is worth doing is worth doing well. Since JAMB has taken the initiative to be conducting Computer Based Tests that require internet services, it should also invest in stable internet services.

9. Creating Personal Centres

JAMB is too advanced for local computer centres. To improve, JAMB should create its personal centres if it is not ready to use the existing universities as its centres. If this is costly for JAMB, then, let it resort to using the universities.

Using local computer centres is not reliable. Candidates’ complaints about computer malfunctioning prove this fact. Candidates have complained of computers tripping off when they are in the middle of their examinations, as long as such complaints are not universal, the fault is from the particular centre in question.

JAMB should not toil with the fate of Nigerians. The candidates of today are the future hope of Nigeria. Therefore, JAMB should do all that is within its power to treat them well.

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10. Early Release of Results

Well, JAMB has its way of doing things. If not, I have used a computer to do an examination that gave me immediate results. JAMB should devise a means where candidates’ performance can be registered on its main server. This is the essence of individuals logging in with different passwords. To improve, JAMB should move up to international standards and leave the local way of doing things.


In conclusion, JAMB should listen to the complaints of its candidates and resolve them. It is such resolution that will bring about its improvement. Furthermore, it should follow suggestions such as the ones in this article.

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