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JAMB warns CBT centres against malpractice

The  Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has said that Computer-based centres whose performance is less than satisfactory during the conduct of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations will be required to fix their areas of challenges  and conduct a two-hour trial examination before they can be considered for the 2018 diet of the examination.

Oloyede, who expressed disappointment at some of the centres during the just-concluded rescheduled examination, added that the board would engage the services of independent technical advisors to assess the preparation of the CBT centres ahead of the examination next year.

He said this during a meeting with CBT centres owners in Abuja on Thursday.

He said, “ Even during the just-concluded rescheduled examination, in spite of all admonition for centres to ensure that facilities work to required standards, the board could not conduct a smooth and flawless examination in certain centres where it had to be conducted.’’

While stating that the highest recurring infraction by the CBT centres during the examination was the creation of insufficient registration outlets, Oloyede  identified other illegalities committed as centre-induced malpractice; creation of illegal connection to “VIP” rooms where candidates with the right prices were allowed to sit for examination clandestinely; creation of deliberate technical hiccups in order to retain JAMB questions for clandestine purposes and unwholesome commercialisation; extortion of candidates and gullible parents; unruly behaviour to examination officials; deceit and round tripping of equipment; inadequate facilities and other technical issues.

Among other measures to prevent malpractice, the registrar added that the board would “engage the services of local professionals who will be assigned with the responsibility of inspecting the centres regularly.”

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