Students in 100 and 200 levels of Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri, have described as “a waste of time” the newly introduced system of writing General Studies Examinations in the university, with the use of Computer Based Test (CBT).
Recall that the university over the years has been conducting the general studies examinations through paper and pen, which has recorded huge success without any hitches until recently. The university’s management through its Centre for General Studies this year, introduced the use of CBT in writing the examination with over 2,000 students participating in the examination.
It was gathered that the university CBT centre also serves as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board accredited centre for the 2021/2022 UTME, which is currently ongoing at the university CBT centre. The management had severally rescheduled the GST examination for the students which has kept clashing with the ongoing UTME in the university, leading to an unending postponement.
The Leader observed that students in 300 level and Final year have finished their examinations and had travelled to join their parents, considering the present security challenges ravaging the country, especially in the state.
A concerned student of the university, who craved anonymity, stated that students of the university face challenges that only the Student Union Government (SUG) could help the management to address, regarding the postponement of examinations and sudden introduction of CBT in General Studies Examination.
He recalled that some students of the university lost their lives during the “unknown gunmen” saga, causing insecurity in the state, adding that the circumstances surrounding their deaths have not been properly addressed, as some of them still believe that a student was allegedly murdered by security personnel.
Another student said, “From next session, we shall decide on how to make this management understand that we have the right to speak”. He encouraged the affected students to try their best and be assured that their examination records are duly collated. Efforts to reach the Director Centre for General Studies (GST) to speak on the development proved abortive.