The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has professionally certified all its staff in the Test Development Department (TDD) who are holders of educational certificates. In furtherance of this, the Prof. Oloyede-led Management has devised a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) model that would positively impact the host community, the Bwari Area Council. The Board is conscious of the fact that the impact in the long run would address not only the academic well-being of the schools but the economic, social and the environmental needs of the candidates.
It is against this backdrop, that a five-man committee was set up to oversee the implementation of the Governing Board’s approval of the rehabilitation of some schools that had been adopted by the Board. Before this, a Needs Assessment Committee on the adopted schools had carried out a comprehensive study on the peculiar needs of these schools which include both primary and secondary.
In terms of capacity building, the Board, in collaboration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), conducted a training workshop for its Test Development staff that were deployed to the adopted schools.These staff are subject officers who had acquired the specified teaching qualifications and only needed professional certification.
The schools adopted are Nomadic Primary School, Tudun Fulani, Government Secondary School, Guto-Bwari, and Government Secondary Schools, Bwari. No fewer than fifty members of staff were sent to these schools to teach various subjects. In addition to this, guidance and counseling sessions, career modeling and mentoring were inculcated in their schemes of engagement for maximum impact.
The intervention from JAMB, no doubt, would not only positively impact the quality of academic output of these schools but also provide the opportunity for Test Development staff who are saddled with the responsibility of developing test items to have classroom experience and observe how these items interact with the end users in real time.
In the same vein, the performance of the adopted schools is expected to improve after this intervention. Prior to this, the Board had studied these schools’ terminal examinations for performance traits and it would, in a few years, assess the intervention scheme for feedback on whether it is achieving its objectives.
The other aspect of the intervention includes the upgrade of facilities of the adopted schools. It is expected that the scheme would go a long way in increasing students’ enrolment in these schools thereby reducing the challenge of out-of- school children in the FCT. It is to be noted that the aim of the Board in embarking on the scheme is to lay a solid foundation for the development of academically-sound future leaders who will advance the cause of nation building.