JAMB TO INTRODUCE ELECTRONIC JAMMERS AT CBT CENTRES

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THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Board on Wednesday said it will introduce
electronic jammers at all the Computer
Based Test (CBT) centres during the
conduct of the 2018 Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination.
The Board has equally announced the
commencement of the sale of application
forms and registration of candidates for the
2018 UTME with effect from November 22nd
and to close on 22nd January 2018.
Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB,
Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made this known
at a critical stakeholders meeting on plans
and modalities for the sale and registration
of 2018 UTME application on Wednesday in
Abuja,
He warned prospective candidates that there
would be no extension of date for sale of
forms.
He also disclosed that the 2018 Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination mock
examination would hold from 22nd to 24th
uJanuary 2018.
Oloyede, however, said the proposed mock
examination, which was introduced during
the 2017 UTME, is optional and would be
taken by candidates who would have
registered by 31st December, 2017 and
expressed their interest to sit for the
examination.
The UTME proper is scheduled to hold from
9th to 17th March, 2018, taking into
consideration the conduct of other public
examinations by other examination bodies.
He noted that the Board has penciled down
about 620 Computer Based Centres (CBT)
for the registration of candidates, saying
further scrutiny would be done on the
centres before approval of those that would
be accredited for the examination.
He condemned the attitude of some CBT
center owners who connived with candidates
to cheat during examination, explaining that
the introduction of electronic jammers was
an additional measures taken by the Board
to eliminate examination malpractices and
and maintain the integrity of the UTME.
He said there were also reported cases of
extortion of candidates by some CBT owners
as some of them allegedly charged
candidates “gate fee” of N1,000 before
allowed into examination.
The JAMB Registrar said that in addition to
telephone and other materials prohibited in
examination sessions, electronic gadgets,
device, and any form of pen, were also
prohibited while eye glasses are to be
scrutinised.
He disclosed that the electronic jammers
and other equipment have been procured
while experts would be brought from Sierra
Leone for the screening of eye glasses,
which the Register said some candidates
now use for cheating in examination.
Oloyede, said: “Having examined that all
logistics are put in place for a smooth
exercise, Management would strictly adhere
to the sale period.
“Therefore, all critical stakeholders are
advised to cooperate, collaborate, support
and assist the Board in this direction. All
State Governors, legislators, philanthropists
who plan to purchase and distribute
application documents should note the date
of sale and its duration.
“The application fees remains N5,000, just
as the Reading Text is still N500. The
application fee is inclusive of the
commission of N300 paid on each
application to the selling points,” he said.
He noted that there were serious attempts
to subvert and derail the Board during the
conduct of the last UTME, urging particularly
the internal agents of such interest to desist
from their evil plot as the Board is
determined not to accommodate any level of
corrupt practices.

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