JAMB Holds One-Day Retreat to Rebrand Test Administration Department

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By Tosin Omojola ( newspot reporter)

Members of staff of the Test Administration Department of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), recently returned to the classroom, courtesy of a one day retreat on capacity building and skills development organised by the Board.

Titled; Activities of the Test Administration Department in the InformationTechnology Era, Challenges and Prospects. the event took place at the Board’s Professional Test Centre (PTC), Kogo, Bwari, Abuja.

Declaring the retreat open, the JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, represented by the Director, Finance and Account, Muftau Bello, said the Test Administration Department, as a subset of the Board, is expected to play key roles in its operational process.

In his opening remarks, Professor Oloyede said. “Information Technology (IT) is a universal trend and the Board cannot afford to lag behind in terms of adherence to global best practices in the area of of test deployment using technology.”

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He therefore urged the participants to see the retreat as an avenue for rejuvenation and opportunity to build on their existing skills adding that they were expected to come out refreshed and ready to take the Board to the next level through the acquisition of new skills facilitated by the retreat.

In her welcome address to the resource persons and participants, the Director, Test Administration Department, Mrs Ville Pius, expressed appreciation to the Board for organising such an impactful and rewarding programme, expressing expectation that the Department, will witness massive rebranding in line with the recommendation emanatinng from rhe retreat.

While tasking the staff of the department to keep themselves abreast of the global trends that had been the driving force for other departments of the Board, she said the retreat was put in place to reposition the department along emerging technological realities as well as identifying contemporary challenges with a view to aligning it with current global realities in test administration.

Speaking further, Mrs Pius, said that the retreat should not only develop the participants intellectually, but should also instill in them the soft skills needed to perform maximally at their duty posts, expressing hope that the retreat would re-energise the department towards keying into the Board’s laudable initiatives, while carrying out its mandate, using information and communication technology.”

Papers, with different titles were presented at the retreat by resource persons including Dr Yusuf Lawal, a former Director of the department, who took the participants through the intricacies of test administration in the ICT era, in his paper titled, “Institutionalisation of Functions and Activities of Test Administration in the ICT Era”,

In another paper, the Director of Examination Administration, the National Business and Technical Examinations Board ( NABTEB), Dr Obinna Marcel Opara, spoke on “The use of ICT in Management/Protection Data and Prevention of Examination Malpractices just as the Director of Information and Technology Service, JAMB, Mr Fabian Okoro, discussed on the topic “Transformation and Impact of ICT on Test Administration Department. The Gains and Prospects.””

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