The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has prohibited the use of wrist watches and pens during the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, who disclosed this to newsmen on the sideline of the sensitization workshop for Computer Based Test (CBT) centre owners on Wednesday in Lagos, the workshop was to appraise the registration and conduct of the 2017 examination.
“What we are doing here today is to appraise the registration and conduct of our past examination and we have taken some lessons from our experience. To this end therefore, we have introduced some measures that will further add to the integrity of the registration process as well as the conduct of the examination proper. For instance, we discovered during the conduct of the last examination that some electronic devices such as pens, wrist watches and other devices were used to perpetrate examination malpractice.
So, for next year, we have prohibited the use of wristwatches and pens by candidates and other persons in the examination hall. We are also going to introduce some detection devices to ensure that those who plan to cheat in the examination hall are frustrated, as we will also jam (communication network) of the centers”, He said.
He also added that “We are planning to meet with all stakeholders on Nov. 15 and the sale of the registration document will definitely commence before the end of this month. But before that, we expect candidates to go and download our app, go to our website and download the syllabus and brochure, so that they can now study the process.”
The JAMB boss finally said that no fewer than 617 centers have been accredited nationwide for the exercise.