An Abuja based private school, JC Best International School, Life Camp, has procured furniture and relevant equipment to upgrade its JAMB-approved Computer Based Test, CBT, Centre after the ongoing UTME.
Director of the school, Mr. Kingsley Onuorah, said efforts to upgrade the already well-equipped and functional centre was the resolve of the school and its management to raise the facilities to the highest standard.
Onuorah spoke in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists monitoring the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, at the centre, yesterday.
While conducting newsmen round the stack of imported customized tables and workstations, the school proprietor noted that he had asked a delegation of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to delay the accreditation of the centre until the furniture were fully installed but the board insisted that what it had on ground was enough for approval.
He disclosed that despite being the first time the school was approved by JAMB to host the conduct of the UTME exercise, no incidents were recorded and over 250 more students were redistributed from other centres to sit for the exam within its premises.
Our correspondent observed that the conduct of the exercise in the school’s CBT centre was orderly and devoid of the biometric incidents recorded in other centres visited.
While laying out the vision of the school, Onuorah said the institution was established with the aim of ensuring only the best standards.
Speaking on the gradual demise of primary six and SS3, he said the situation was caused by the academic policies of the country.
“We do not have a curriculum for nursery school so people do whatever they like. By the time you are in nursery school, Nursery two, you are already reading here; and if you are already reading in primary one, you are already close to what they do in primary two.
“And let me tell you, the books we read are classics, what they read in Cambridge. “Treasure Island” is for primary three; “Alibaba and the 40 thieves” we read it in Nursery two. And if what we are reading in primary five is the same thing with what government is recommending in SSS classes, why wouldn’t our students enter Secondary School from primary four?
“Our primary four in this school is a massive incursion into the secondary school education. If government had configured a curriculum from nursery, you would not have that gap. So let government come up with a policy on nursery school,” he said.
He further urged government to allow school operators to move at their own pace, while asking “why will a 14 year old girl not be able to enter the university if that person is qualified?