Updated on June, 26th, 2015
...Centre is first and only in imo state
...Was used by other visually-impaired candidates who missed exams in centres in eastern Nigeria
As the Imo State University Information and Communication Technology (IMSU ICT) Centre continues its trail blazing effort, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has successfully used the centre to administer its first-ever computer-based test (e-testing) exercise for visually-impaired candidates.
A total of 18 visually-impaired candidates successfully sat for their CBT (e-testing) examination during the just-concluded 10 day nationwide JAMB CBT (e-testing) examination.
Speaking with IMSU GAZETTE, Mr. Michael Okonkwo, the JAMB CBT Centre Administrator said the examination started on 19th March, 2015 with initially four visually impaired candidates at a time, due mainly to the unavailability of the brail machine.
Mr. Okonkwo stated that on the first day, two sessions were held each for four candidates, which lasted for five hours per session, bringing the total number to 10 hours per day.
However, he informed that the Centre was able to hold three sessions on the second day (20 March), with a total of 10 candidates, which lasted for 15 hours.
"In terms of accommodation and arrangement of the examination room for the candidates, they were kept in very a comfortable examination environment, with all the necessary facilities particularly needed for administering examinations for visually-impaired candidates."
"Examples of these facilities are: the brail machine and the ear-piece, which enables them to hear the questions and as well select their answers through the brail machine keyboard."
The IMSU JAMB CBT Centre administrator stated that the IMSU ICT Centre is the first and only centre for visually-impaired candidates in Imo State; adding that the Centre was also used to administer CBT (e-testing) examinations for other visually-impaired candidates who missed their exams in centres around Eastern Nigeria.
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