The Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, yesterday, urged Nigerians to assist indigent candidates to get computer tabs, as the university wants to embark on a non-physical post-UTME test due to the pandemic.
Oluwatoyin made this known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
According to him, in the face of the resurgence of the Coronavirus pandemic, all academic activities of the institution, including examinations, would be online.
“We are to conduct our post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) test from 15th Feb to 23rd Feb. It is going to run for about nine days”, Oluwatoyin said.
“This examination is going to be an electronic-based examination such that wherever the candidates are, they do not need to come to campus to take the exam. It is simple, convenient and compliant to covid-19 prevention protocols.
“We are faced with the issue of indigent candidates that do not have laptops, so we then decided to see how we can carry them along. Right now, we have started talking to some friends of the university and alumni to see how we can get tablets that we can give them.
“We have got the number of these indigent candidates registered for the post-UTME test, and they are above 200.”
Oluwatoyin said that the candidates would need the tablets not just for the post-UTME test but also to facilitate other e-learning processes.
“We are talking to the alumni president and friends of the university to get these tablets to facilitate e-learning processes”, he said.
He said that over 50,000 candidates applied for admission into the university in the 2020/2021 academic session, with about 22,000 scoring 200 marks and above.
According to him, 21,955 candidates have so far paid for the conduct of the post-UTME test.
“It is the first time that we are conducting this type of examination, and it is such that these candidates must have their laptops with cameras.
“If they do not have a camera attached to their laptops, they will not be allowed to participate in the examination.