Blind JAMB Candidates to write UTME with Special Computers



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has procured gadgets to facilitate the participation of the visually impaired candidates in its Computer Based Test (CBT) in March.
The Head, Media and Publicity of JAMB, Mr Fabian Benjamin, who made the disclosure said that the development is to ensure that no category of persons is left out during the forthcoming 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination on the all CBT mode.
“The computers which are called Braillenote Apex is procured to ensure that the visually impaired candidates are all accommodated in the 2015 CBT.
“It will enable the visually impaired to read and answer questions via voice or Braille, hence making the examination all inclusive for all categories of candidates,” he said.
The spokesman noted that arrangements had been put in place for the implementation of the CBT.
He said the device had the features that would curb the incidence of examination malpractice and make the visually impaired to take CBT with minimal assistance.
Mr. Benjamin added that the functionality of the machine was demonstrated at the South-West Resource Centre, an ICT Training Institute.
More than 20 visually impaired candidates and prospective candidates for the UTME were engaged and trained during the pilot trials.


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