JAMB moves to perfect conduct of subsequent UTMEs
To ensure that subsequent conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) are in sync with international best practices, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has mandated present and prospective Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres across the country to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.
Registrar of the board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this on Tuesday at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), during the body’s interactive summit with the operators of CBT centres across the federation.
He said centres that fail to abide by the stipulated rules would not be accredited for registration of candidates and conduct of the examination.
According to him, the board took the decision to enable it avoid errors of the past and erase the obvious and seeming irregularities confronting the conduct of the examination.
He added that the new procedure has completely phased out cybercafé operators, noting that the CBT centres to be accredited must have 250 desktop or laptop systems in a single room with provision for additional 25 systems as back-ups.
He said: “What we have said is that we are in a period of change, and what that means is that everything we have been doing must be reviewed. Whatever we have been doing rights will have to be reinforced while what were doing wrongly will be changed. For the purpose of the CBT centres, we have to introduce the CCTV so that whatever that is going on at our centres can be monitored anywhere in the world.”
He further informed the CBT operators that all the 10 fingers of candidates must be captured during data capturing, and that anyone whose whole 10 fingers cannot be captured by the CBT centres should be directed to the headquarters of JAMB in Abuja.