The Lagos chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has rejected the introduction of the Computer Based Test (CBT) in secondary schools examinations in the state.
According to the apex teachers' body, the use of CBT will not achieve the desired results due to the low Information Communication Technology (ICT) literacy among students.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, the chapter chairman of NUT, Segun Raheem, said pupils are not yet prepared for the development because of the non-availability of ICT facilities and human resources in schools in the state
“With the present situation, in my own view, I doubt if the use of CBT is result-oriented for secondary schools pupils in the state," Raheem said.
“Except if crash programmes on computer studies and practice is introduced in schools.
The union boss noted that, until it was recently made compulsory, Computer Science was an optional subject in Lagos schools.
“Computer Science has just been introduced in secondary schools as a compulsory subject, which is coming rather late," he said.
“However, only a few schools in Lagos State have Computer Science teachers and some schools gave temporary appointment to Computer Science teachers."
Raheem also noted that most schools only have a desktop or laptop, used mainly for administrative purposes, rather than teaching or learning.
He urged that students be allowed to acquire knowledge on computer use before the radical change which CBT represents.
“This must allow each pupil to have free practice on the computer, if we dont do this, CBT will not achieve the desired aim."
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) conducted its first fully CBT in the 2015 Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examinations (UTME).