The president of the African Methodist Episcopal University, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, has disclosed that 50 tablet computers belonging to the institution have been stolen.
Dr. Isaac made the disclosure yesterday in his office on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia.
“I think we are the first to introduce electronic testing exam, and I tell you something has happened. All of the tablets we bought last year that we used to administer entrance exams were stolen this morning, and we have to replace them,” Dr. Isaac said.
Although no suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident, Dr. Isaac told the Daily Observer in an interview that the case has, however, been reported to the Metro 2 Police Depot.
Explaining the circumstances surrounding the incident, Dr. Isaac said students seeking admission to the university used the tablets on Monday but yesterday morning, he received a text message that the 50 laptops had been stolen.
According to him, the situation has put the university under obligation to replace the missing computers because the institution has introduced an electronic testing system that it cannot so easily discontinue.
Stressing the significance of the electronic testing system, Dr. Isaac indicated that it eliminates the burden of assembling thousands of students together to write entrance exams.
He said the current method of administering entrance exams by electronic testing takes only 50 students at a time and the process goes on for 30 days.
“By next year we will not have a crowd of students coming to take tests, because we will schedule their tests. If any student fails, we will give two months to that person to prepare to retake it,” he indicated.