UTME: JAMB vows to deal with erring CBT operators

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Friday said the organization would sanction any operator of computer based centres (CBT) who would want to sabotage this year’s unified matriculation examination.

About 1.7 million candidates are expected to sit for the examination next Saturday.

Prof. Oloyede, during the final briefing on the 2017 unified tertiary matriculation examination for computer based test centres proprietors in Abuja on Friday, said any CBT operator caught sabotaging the examination would be severely dealt with.

He said: “The truth is that we are going to sanction some of them who misbehave and we mean it. We need to at least caution them. I will not go into some of those things I mentioned to them. You need to send some correct signal to some people.

“We have put some things in place to reduce malpractices and we have also sent the correct signal to the people that whoever is caught will be severely dealt with.

Prof. Oloyede said 635 CBT centres would be used for the conduct of the examination nationwide.

He appealed to the centre owners to ensure the smooth conduct of the examinations in the various centres.

“My colleagues, CBT centre owners, we want to appeal to you; let your centre to be put in proper shape for our examination. The mock examination has revealed a lot about the atrocities of many of the CBT centre owners ranging from LAN to inadequate facilities.

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“All the things you put in place, our officers came and certified those things we later learnt you went to rent those things.

“I want to appeal to you to please talk to your colleagues so that we do not handle this very important national assignment in a way that will show that we are not patriotic. I think the nation requires of us the best we can give in these CBT centres.

He also said the agency has tackled issues of multiple registration which some candidates are involved in.

“One major problem is multiple registration and that we have tried to tackle. Even the issue of carrying jottings into examination hall will be reduced if the examination body is careful enough.

“We have tried our best to put in place things that will make cheating in the examination not attractive. Whoever is caught doing what he or she is not expected to do we will allow the full weight of the law to come down on the person,” he added.

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