BrainFriend software to reduce mass failure in JAMB, UTME

 January 28, 2015  

BrainFriend software to reduce mass failure in JAMB, UTME

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, is spearheading efforts to use local software application to remedy examination malpractice and failure in the country. The efforts resulted in the endorsement of exam software, BrainFriend which was designed to reduce mass failure in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME organised by Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, JAMB, among other examinations. Two companies, Cinfores Limited and WaveTek Nigeria which developed the software, last week signed a memorandum of understanding witnessed by the Technology Agency. 

  According to the companies, the solution was developed to address the increasing rate of mass failure in national examinations in Nigeria through the use of Information and Communication Technology.
The solution according to the companies will be a game changer and make more candidates to be successful in 
their national exams especially the forthcoming JAMB UTME and related exams.Meanwhile, the partners have customized a special version, JAMB BrainFriend, for the forthcoming 2015 JAMB UTME and expressed optimism that it could stamp out mass failure and high rate of examination fraud in the country.

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Speaking on the development, the Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack, said the agency keyed into the initiative as part of its effort to deepen and encourage local content development in education and other sectors of the economy as mandated by the ACT setting up the agency.

“Based on the transformation agenda of Mr. President, the Federal Government of Nigeria is doing everything possible to ensure that the Nigerian educational system is improved and made world class. “There is certain decline in quality of education in our country.
“ The mass failure in UTME and other national examinations in recent years, is a mixture of many things including the non-availability of quality local resources to change the tide of mass failure and exam malpractice that has plagued the nation,” he said.

He said that NITDA as an IT agency was committed to transforming every sector in the country through the introduction of ICT solutions. He pointed out that in its various efforts to ensure qualitative education in the country, NITDA would engage various local and international organisations to develop locally adapted solutions that will meet the needs of the sector.

He added that the agency would do everything possible to support the solution and make it available to all the NITDA digital centres across the country, to enable the candidates access the software. More so, Jack promised to reach out to the NCC and the USPF to make available the software in their Community Communication Centres in other to extend the reach of the software to all Nigerian students, especially the candidates who cannot afford either a PC or mobile device to activate the software for their personal use.

 

Why BrainFriend?

In his remarks, the Managing Director of Cinfores Limited, Mr. Asawo Ibifuro, said the software has been approved by the Federal Ministry of Education, NERDC and NITDA.
He explained that the customized version has many features including over 20,000 questions, answers and explanations, 19 JAMB subjects/ subject combinations for the major disciplines, prototype past JAMB questions, career counseling guide, quick references and study notes, performance tracking, summary and questions on the UTME 2015 special, among others.

Also, the Managing Director of WaveTek Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ken Spann, said the two companies realized the danger of mass examination failure in Nigeria, a reason, he said informed the development of JAMB BrainFriend software.

Spann who had earlier spent about eleven years promoting Microsoft Education via Microsoft IT Academies at Microsoft USA and Nigeria respectively, further enthused that, “Through WaveTek’s strong network in education, we are collaborating with Cinfores as their marketing partner and ensuring that BrainFriend is used by the over 1.4 million candidates registered for JAMB UTME scheduled for March, 2015.

NITDA PARTNERS OTHERS TO PROVIDE E-LEARNING SOLUTION TO REMEDY MASS FAILURE IN JAMB, UTME


29 JANUARY 2015

Nigeria: NITDA Partners Others to Provide e-Learning Solution to Remedy Mass Failure in JAMB, UTME

 

IN a bid to address the increasing rate of mass failure in national examinations in the country, using Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has cut a partnership pact with two indigenous software companies, Cinfores Limited and WaveTek Nigeria Limited.

The partnership was consummated at the weekend, when the agency witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with WaveTek and Cinfores Limited on the deployment of a special version of Nigeriaís foremost e-learning and examination preparatory software.

The special version, which is customised for the forthcoming 2015 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)/Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is referred as JAMB Brainfriend.

Speaking on the development, the Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack, said the agency keyed into the initiative as part of its effort to deepen and encourage local content development in education and other sectors of the economy as mandated by the Act setting up the agency.

Based on the transformation agenda of Mr. President, the Federal Government of Nigeria is doing everything possible to ensure that the Nigerian educational system is improved and made world class.

There is certain decline in quality of education in our country. The mass failure in UTME and other national examinations in recent years, as a case in point, is a mixture of many things including the non-availability of quality local resources to change the tide of mass failure and exam malpractice that has plagued the nation, he said.

The NITDA boss also stated that NITDA as an IT agency is committed to transforming every sector in the country through the introduction of ICT. He pointed out that in its various effort to ensure qualitative education in the country, NITDA would engage various local and international organizations to develop locally adapted solutions that will meet the needs of the sector.

 

He added that the agency would do everything possible, within its disposal, to support the partnership between the two companies.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of Cinfores Limited, Mr. Asawo Ibifuro, said the software companies decided to introduce the examination software, Jamb BrainFriend to arm Nigerian students to be better prepared for the forth coming JAMB examination.

Asawo, who frowned at the increasing rate of failure of students in UTME, said the software company, is committed to helping the students and exam candidates to adequately prepare and pass their various educational examinations by developing the customized version that would help them overcome any kind of questions that come their way.

He also noted that the software, apart from arming the students for their exams, would also prepare them and erase any phobia or myths surrounding the electronic JAMB examination, which is taking off this year."

He, however, assured the candidates that the software would definitely help them in minimizing the high rate of failure in forth-coming JAMB exams if it is effectively utilised.

On his part, the Managing Director of WaveTek Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ken Spann, said the two companies realized the danger of examination mass failure in Nigeria; a reason he said informed the development of JAMB BrainFriend software to cater for the challenge of mass failure in UTME, which was above 75 per cent in 2014.

Spann who had earlier spent about 11 years promoting Microsoft Education via Microsoft IT Academies at Microsoft USA and Nigeria respectively, further enthused that, "Through WaveTek's strong network in education, we are collaborating with Cinfores as their marketing partner and ensuring that BrainFriend is used by the over 1.4 million candidates registered for JAMB UTME scheduled for March, 2015".

 

The software can be accessed at every JAMB form selling point across the country and it will also be available at all the NITDA digital centres across the country, to enable the candidates access the software.

Cinfores, WaveTek provide e-learning solution to heck high failure rate in JAMB, UTME

 

January 27, 2015 

Cinfores, WaveTek provide e-learning solution to heck high failure rate in JAMB, UTME

 

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has entered into a partnership with two indigenous software companies, Cinfores Limited and WaveTek Nigeria Limited. The purpose is to address the wave of mass failures in national examinations in Nigeria, through the use of Information and Communication Technology.

 

The partnership was consummated at the weekend, when the agency witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with WaveTek and Cinfores Limited on deployment of a special version of Nigeria’s foremost e-learning and examination preparatory software, Cinfores BrainFriend.

The special version which is customised for the forthcoming 2015 JAMB UTME is known as JAMB Brainfriend. Also present at the ceremony was Patrick Onwumere, Microsoft Nigeria, Education Lead.

Speaking on the development, Peter Jack the director-general of NITDA,  said the agency keyed into the initiative as part of its effort to deepen and encourage local content development in education and other sectors of the economy, as mandated by the act setting up the agency.

“Based on the transformation agenda of Mr. President, the Federal Government of Nigeria is doing everything possible to ensure that the Nigerian educational system is improved and made world class.‘‘There is a decline in quality of education in our country.The mass failure in UTME and other national examinations in recent years, as a case in point, is a mixture of many things, including the non-availability of quality local resources to change the tide of mass failure and exam malpractice that has plagued the nation,’’ he said.

 

The NITDA boss, also stated that NITDA as an IT agency, is committed to transforming every sector in the country, through the introduction of ICT.

He pointed out that in its various efforts to ensure qualitative education in the country, NITDA would engage various local and international organisations to develop locally adapted solutions that will meet the needs of the sector. He added that the agency would do its best to support the partnership between the two companies.

 

In his remarks, Asawo Ibifuro, the managing director of Cinfores Limited, said the software companies decided to introduce the examination software, Jamb BrainFriend, which has been approved by the Federal Ministry of Education, NERDC and NITDA, to arm Nigerian students to be better prepared for the forthcoming JAMB examination. Asawo, who frowned at the increasing rate of failure in JAMB examinations, said the software company, ‘‘is committed to helping the students and exam candidates to adequately prepare and pass their various educational examinations by developing the customised version that would help them.

 

The premium version of the software, he explained, has the following features: over 57,000 questions, answers and explanations, over 20,000 theorems, definitions and formulae, covers about 50 subjects

 

(including Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo Languages), prototype questions for WAEC, NECO & JAMB, career counselling guide, quick references and easy to use study notes for over 30 subjects, national curriculum, performance tracking, available for Windows/ Android devices and easy setup and activation.

 

According to him, the special JAMB Brainfriend was subsequently developed to provide a customised version for the forthcoming 2015 UTME. Having in mind the high rate of failure that has plagued the exam in recent years and the introduction of Computer Based Testing, he said Cinfores Limited decided to release a customised version to directly address the needs of the JAMB UTME candidates, to enable them prepare adequately, as well as retain the knowledge gained through the use of the of BrainFriend.

This version, according to him, has many features including over 20,000 questions, answers and explanations, 19 JAMB subjects/ subject combinations for the major disciplines, prototype/ past JAMB questions, career counselling guide, quick references/ study notes performance tracking, summary/ questions on the UTME 2015 special literature – the last days at Forcados High school, free online counselling @ www.brainfriendonline.com affordable at just N800 (without CDs) and N900 (with CDs), among others.

 

He also noted that the software, apart from arming the students for their exams, it would also prepare them and erase any phobia or myths surrounding the electronic JAMB examination, which is taking off this year.” He assured the candidates that the software would improve their chances of passing the forth-coming JAMB exams if it is effectively utilised.

 

 

Ken Spann, managing director of WaveTek Nigeria Limited, said the two companies realised the danger of examination mass failure in Nigeria, a reason, he said informed the development of JAMB Brainfrend software to cater for the challenge of mass failure in UTME. Spann who had earlier spent about eleven years promoting Microsoft Education via Microsoft IT Academies at Microsoft USA and Nigeria respectively, further enthused that, “Through WaveTek’s strong network in education, we are collaborating with Cinfores as their marketing partner and ensuring that BrainFriend is used by the over 1.4 million candidates registered for JAMB UTME scheduled for March, 2015”.

Exploring ICT for better learning

 

 

UCAS AJANAKU                                                                                                 29 JANUARY 2015

Exploring ICT for better learning

Sadly, over the years, mass failure in public examinations seems to have become the norm in Nigeria. Many are blaming the boost in information communication technology (ICT) partly for the problem.  Some experts have developed an application that could turn things around. But with increasing sophistication in IT-assisted crimes, how far can this application go? LUCAS AJANAKU writes.

 

The use of internet has eased the way people live in Nigeria. Many applications (apps) have been developed in the areas of agriculture and education, health among others, which have helped solving human problems.

President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Bayo Banjo, said access to the internet has become a double-edged sword. To Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje, the hidden dangers unguided access to internet portends to students, moved the state to organise an awareness campaign for primary and secondary schools pupils.

 

Aside using the internet as a platform to acquire genuine knowledge, it has also become a platform for the perfection of organised examination frauds. Through the internet, innocent people have been swindled of their whole life savings. Several marriages have been consummated and broken on the internet while cyber bullies have forced the young at heart to commit suicide.

 

The Minister of Communication Technology, Dr (Mrs) Omobola Johnson said the information communication technology industry (ICT) in Nigeria has grown phenomenally over the last one decade. According to her, the industry is now viewed as “a critical sector of the economy, ranked with oil & gas and power,” contributing significantly to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

“The industry currently contributes 9.58 per cent to GDP (Q3 2014) and is further enabling other sectors of the economy. The total mobile internet subscriptions increased to 73.8 million as at September 2014 from 45 million in 2011 while internet penetration increased to about 52 per cent in September 2014 from about 26.5 per cent in September 2011,” she said.

But determined to ensure that the internet is deployed to knowledge acquisition, two firms, Cinfores Limited and WaveTek Nigeria Limited, have developed e-learning app they argue will address mass failure in the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

 

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has partnered with the two software technology companies to address the increasing rate of mass failure in national examinations in the country through the innovative JAMB BrainFriend app.

According to JAMB, in 2011, a total of 1,493,604 candidates wrote the examination out of which 2, 892 candidates scored above 300 marks while 842, 851 candidates below 200 marks. 495,426 candidates scored between 200-249 while 67,732 candidates scored between 250 and 269. The result further showed that 31, 444 candidates scored between 270-299 marks while another 7, 504 candidates had their results withheld because they were under investigation. Another 15,160 about 1.14per cent had their results

 

 

cancelled because of examination malpractices while 28,069 candidates had invalid and incomplete results.

 

In 2012, only three candidates scored 300 and above; 901 scored between 270 and 299; 71,339 scored between 250 and 269; 601,151 scored between 200 and 249; 374, 920 scored between 170 and 199 while 336, 330 scored below 170.

Two years ago, the board withheld 12,110 results for possible disciplinary action. JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, said after thorough processing of answer scripts of the candidates who sat for the examination, the board discovered some forms of malpractice perpetuated during the conduct of the examination.

 

A total of 1,629,102 candidates applied to sit for the Paper Pencil Test (PPT), while 15,008 candidates applied for the Dual Based Test, bringing the number of candidates to 1,644,110.

He said: “The general performance of candidates in this year’s examination shows remarkable improvement compared with last year’s. Ten candidates scored 300 marks and above, while 127,017 candidates scored between 1-159 marks.

 

“About 40,692 candidates’ results were invalid due to either multiple shading or no shading at all.  After processing all the results, the board also discovered that about 47,974 candidates were absent.”

These are certainly disturbing results no doubts. The Director-General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack, lamented the steep decline in the quality of education in the country and the need to use ICT to improve the situation. He stressed the need to apply home-grown technology resources to address the twin issues of mass failure and malpractices in examination.

He said: ‘There is certainly a sharp decline in the quality of education in our country. The mass failure in JAMB exams and other national examinations in recent years is a function of many things including the dearth of quality local resources to address the scourge. JAMB BrainFriend software will definitely tackle this.”

 

Jack said, NITDA, as an IT agency, is committed to transforming every sector of the country. Jack said the agency will leave no stone unturned and partner local and international organisations to develop local solutions that will meet the needs of the sector. He said NITDA will do everything within its power to support the partnership between the two companies. He added that this is why the agency has keyed into the initiative as part of its effort to deepen and encourage local content development in education and other sectors of the economy as mandated by the ACT setting up the agency.

 

Managing Director Cinfores Limited, Mr. Asawo Ibifuro, said the two software firm decided to introduce the software to arm students with all that is needed for them to do well in their examination.

Asawo, who frowned at the increasing rate of failure of students in JAMB examinations, said the software firm will continue to develop innovative apps that would promote ease in knowledge acquisition. He said: “We are committed to helping the students to pass their various educational examinations. We have assembled over 20,000 questions, answers and explanations that would help them overcome any kind of questions that come their way. This software will also banish any phobia that may arise from the electronic JAMB examination taking off this year.”

 

The Managing Director of WaveTek Nigeria Limited Mr. Ken Spann, said the two companies realised the dangers of mass failure and its implication for the future of the country. According to him, the 75 per cent

 

 

failure rate in the last JAMB examination in the country is unacceptable Spann who worked for 11 years at Microsoft Corporation in the United States (US) and Nigeria respectively promoting Microsoft Education value through Microsoft IT Academies, added that the firm would leverage on its network in the education sector.

He said: “Through our strong network in education, we are collaborating with Cinfores to be its marketing partner and ensure that BrainFriend is used by the over 1.4 million students registered for the exam taking place in March this year.”

 

Cinfores Limited had in the last 10 years pioneered locally developed e-learning and exam preparatory software also known as Cinfores BrainFriend.

 

The new version of the software also contains over 20,000 questions, answers and explanation; 19 JAMB subjects/ subject combinations for the major disciplines; prototype/ past JAMB questions; career counseling guide; quick references/ study notes; performance tracking; summary/ questions on the UTME 2015 special literature –The Last Days at Forcados; available on Windows/ Android devices; free online counseling @ www.brainfriendonline.com; approved/ certified by the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigerian Educational Research Development Council (NERDC) and NITDA and affordable.

Sector analysts say access to both PC and devices remain major challenges. For one, the software could only run on Android/Windows devices that are relatively expensive. The software cannot run on features phones that are affordable.

 

But Mr. Jack has promised to make the software available to all the NITDA digital centres across the country to enable examination candidate access it. He also promised to reach out to the NCC and the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) to make available the software to all its Community Communication Centres in order to extend the reach of the software to all, especially the candidates who cannot afford either a personal computer (PC) or a mobile device to activate the software for personal use.

 

The two organisations are however optimistic that with the new wave of public and private sector deployment of locally adapted ICTs for the education sector, most of the challenges faced in the sector will be history. The CEOs urged all well-meaning Nigerians, organisations and institutions operating in the country to support the efforts by acquiring the licenses of the software and make it available to pupils and students across the country.

Parents and teachers were also urged to download its mobile version on their Android or Windows devices to enable their wards that may not have devices to access the software pending when they could get devices for them. This is to ensure that at least 60 per cent of the candidates preparing for the examination have access to the software to use it to prepare adequately for the forth-coming examination.

 

 

“We are sure this will be the game changer and we will begin to have more successful candidates in our national exams as we fully embrace this solution for forth coming JAMB UTME and related solutions for similar exams,” they said.

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