NOUN to check result delay with e-exams

August 29, 2011 15:37


NAN-H-46

NOUN

Abuja, Aug. 29, 2011 (NAN) The newly introduced e-examination initiative of  the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) would help to check the delay of  students results, Mr Matt Akale, Director of  the Abuja centre, has said.



He told the News Agency of  Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja that collation of  results from the 45 centres across the country was currently being done at the headquarters in Lagos.



Akale, who noted that some scripts may get lost in the process of   carrying it to the collation centre, pointed out that this could  be responsible for the delay in releasing results.



``With the e-exams, the students do not need to come to the examination hall with any writing materials.



``They just sit in front of  the computers and after the examination, they have the opportunity to access their performance,'' he said.



He said  the institution was doing everything possible to ensure that the next semester examination was carried out  electronically.



Akale also said that NOUN had introduced  certificate programmes for artisans, adding that this group  of people already had informal training in different vocations.



The university, he added, would put the students through  a crash-programme to enable them obtain a certificate from a recognised body.



He said those who intended to undergo the programme did not need to have the required five credits before they could be admitted into the conventional universities.



``For the students who have just three  credits in O-levels, we send them on what we call Access Programme which is just like the remedial studies in the conventional universities,’’ Akale added.



He said one of the advantages of the open university was that it gave students many opportunities in the choice of courses to make up the grades.



Akale said the institution does not go out of its way to withdraw students for poor performance but often gave  them  opportunities to sit up and pass.(NAN)

BI/AKD/SIA/OJO

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