Paper-Pencil Test Could Be Re-introduced in UTME – Minister Of Education
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has expressed concern over thousands of Nigerians who are disqualified from participating in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for not being computer literate.
According to him, the paper-pencil could be re-introduced until such a time more Nigerians, especially those in rural communities become computer literate.
In his words, “I seem to be very comfortable and happy with what they are doing. But my question has not been answered; that there are many people who are not computer literate, so, what do you do with them. I do not have reservation about CBT but sympathy for those who are not computer literate and there are many of them.
When asked if he was suggesting that the Board re-introduce paper-pencil mode of examination alongside CBT, he said, “I think so; for some time. But certainly the future is for computer.”
The minister, however, said he was satisfied with the conduct of the CBT mode of the examination so far, adding that he was glad the board has addressed most of his concerns and other Nigerians.