Determined to make the Computer Based Test all inclusive to different category of candidates with disability, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) embarked on nationwide training for visually impaired on the use of Apex Braille-note computer.
The Apex Braille-note computer is an electronic devise invented by the Board to enable visually impaired to take the Computer Based Test without stress like a normal Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidate.
The machine is affixed to a desktop computer and questions are deployed to it electronically with hearing aid. No fewer than 200 visually impaired participants in the training held at designated venues across the nation; namely South West Resource Centre in Abeokuta, Lagos , Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt.
In a message shortly before the commencement of the training at the South Western Resource Centre, the Registrar told the participants that the Board exam was all-inclusive and as such would not exclude any candidate due to one disability or the other. The Registrar who spoke through the Director of Psychometrics, Mr. Omokunmi Popoola and was replicated across the other centres, pointed out that the training was designed to acquaint the visually impaired on the new technology, familiarize themselves on the usage before the examination.
Omokunmi stressed that the Board would not relent in her efforts to conduct credible and all-inclusive examination that would stand the test of time. In a remark at the South Western Resource centre, the visibly elated participants expressed joy and happiness for the thoughtfulness and equal level playing field given to them by JAMB. Mr Popoola Suraj from the Ogun State Ministry of Information and consultant and an instructor to the centre commended the Board for the “laudable initiative”. He said “the process JAMB has initiated was easy and friendly to use, I say kudos and I urge them to intensity continuous orientation through constant training.