Southern Kaduna Community Lauds Establishment Of JAMB Centers

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa'i
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i

From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan

Members of Southern Kaduna Community have lauded the establishment of Computer Base Test (CBT) centres in their area even as they called for more to afford student from the area take the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) with ease.
The commendation and plea were made recently when our reporter undertook an Impact assessment of the Establishment of CBT Centres at the Kaduna State College of Education Gidan Waya and the Fantswam Foundation Bayan Loco, Jema’a Local Government, the only JAMB Centers in southern Kaduna
The assessment which was conducted at the two centers during the one week JAMB Examinations period, which commenced on March 7, 2016, revealed that students, their parents, traders and authorities of the College of Education and Fantswam Foundation applauded their establishment.
Students interviewed said the CBT Centres have reduced hardship they experienced when they had to travel far from home to sit for JAMB examinations, pointing that many of them need not get accommodation or be late to the examination venues, because they lodged in places they were not conversant with.
Their parents expressed gratitude that they have been relieved of economic hardship they used to encounter when their children had to take JAMB examinations outside the community, aside the absence of psychological trauma during this era of insecurity, due to insurgency.
They appealed for the creation of more JAMB Centres in the community to cater for more students.
Traders on their part revealed that activities at the centres have prospered their businesses tremendously.
Fielding questions, Provost of the College Education Gidan Waya, Mrs Hope Joseph Gajere said, “Having the JAMB centre in the institution not only helps in maintaining upgraded facilities that met standards but the college also feels fulfilled in giving qualities service to the community, the state and the country generally”.
Our reporter gathered from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fantswam Foundation, Mrs. Comfort Kazanka that the CBT at the Foundation hosted more than 3,000 students within the week and realised the number is ‘’just a drop in the Ocean, compared to the number of students that need such service’’.
With this realization, she revealed that the Foundation was planning expansion of the centres’ facilities to host more students next year and would be partnering government to enable the centre handle online examinations, including WAEC and NECO before the year runs out.
Before the two CBT Centers were established students in Southern Kaduna had to travel to Kaduna, Jos, Keffi, Markurdi, Abuja, Minna, Kano, and Sokoto to sit for the JAMB Examinations.

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