ICPC Introduces computer-based test for staff promotion
Chairman of the commission, Ekpo Nta explained that the measure was to make sure that there would be no sharp practices from staff that are seeking promotion without following due process.
Nta stated this while leading stakeholders on facility tour at the ICPC Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), in Keffi, Nasarawa state.
The Chairman of the commission explained that the Computer Based Test is intended to move ahead of the manual processes they inherited when they came on board, adding that the rigorous steps in marking the scripts of candidates compelled them to introduce this new innovation of using computer in their promotional exams.
According to him, the CBT would ensure effective monitoring whereby results are released within two minutes, adding that the commission would deem it fit in making sure that where the staff needs to do better specialized training would be provided immediately.
He said: “When we look at the entire results displayed, we can now analyze the areas where the staff shows weaknesses because we have categorised these exams into various sections such as quantitative, verbal reasoning and professional expertise where we would know automatically those areas they have not done well, noting that they would address that particular area in terms of specialized training where there would be no manual analysis”.
Nta noted that the CBT would provide their staff the kind of background they would meet outside if they leave Nigeria, stressing that the centre was adjudged the best centre in the country during the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (Jamb) examination that was conducted this year.
He said if this innovation could be replicated in the main civil and public services in the country, the issue of man-to-man contact and cheating in the examination would be eliminated, adding that they brought in observers from the Nigerian Securities and Civil Defence Commission (NSCDC), Federal Civil Service Commission, the Police Service Commission, Media and Civil Societies to come and observe how the promotional exams are conducted.
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