JAMB Reg­is­trar Pro­nounces Strin­gent Mea­sures against Exam Cheats


Funmi Ogun­dare

The Reg­is­trar, Joint Ad­mis­sions and Ma­tric­u­la­tion Board (JAMB), Pro­fes­sor Is’haq Oloyede, has ap­pealed to own­ers of Com­puter Based Test (CBT) cen­tres to help in ex­pos­ing those that are bent on frus­trat­ing the ef­forts of the board to­wards con­duct­ing a suc­cess­ful 2018 Uni­fied Ter­tiary Ma­tric­u­la­tion Ex­am­i­na­tions (UTME). He also dis­closed that the board has in­tro­duced new mea­sures that would add to the in­tegrity of the reg­is­tra­tion process and the con­duct of the ex­am­i­na­tion.

Oloyede, who made this known re­cently dur­ing a meet­ing with about 626 CBT own­ers in La­gos, said the board has learnt some lessons in the con­duct of last year’s ex­am­i­na­tion, adding that it dis­cov­ered that some elec­tronic de­vices such as pens and wrist­watches were used to per­pe­trate ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tices and has de­cided to ban the use of such things this year. He said the board also dis­cov­ered that finger print cap­ture and that some cen­tres who he termed first class fraud­sters, de­vise var­i­ous meth­ods of ex­tort­ing can­di­dates and their par­ents, adding that 72 of such cen­tres across the coun­try have been delisted from its list of cen­tres for the ex­am­i­na­tion.

“The op­er­a­tions of the CBT cen­tres are be­com­ing more com­plex than the or­di­nary, we have been in­fil­trated by some peo­ple who do not wish the na­tion well. Any­body or­gan­is­ing syn­di­cates for ex­am­i­na­tion mal­prac­tices is not wish­ing the na­tion well. We found out that some peo­ple were col­lect­ing N1,000 from can­di­dates at the gate for entrance fee, some of them were sub­let­ting ac­cess codes to cy­ber cafés and some even go to the ex­tent of rap­ing the can­di­dates.

“We took se­ri­ous ac­tion against such peo­ple last year, they will not par­tic­i­pate in our ac­tiv­i­ties. Some have been banned and some sus­pended. We are also go­ing to in­tro­duce some de­tec­tive mea­sures to en­sure that those who plan to cheat in the hall are frus­trated.”

On the mea­sures, the reg­is­trar said the board will not al­low non-func­tional wire­less CCTV cam­eras to be mounted, adding that all cen­tres must sub­mit their se­rial num­ber forms which must be val­i­dated by the board.

“All net­works should be pow­ered by switches, not hub, cen­tres are strongly ad­vised to use IPS ad­dress rather than IP ad­dress­ing, scan­ning of pic­tures will not be al­lowed, live pic­tures must be taken through USB cam­eras. This year ev­ery 100 points that we are go­ing to give you must have dual screen. Any cen­tre that does not open 10 points at any time will be de­ac­ti­vated. Last year, we had mock exam, this year, we are go­ing to have mock reg­is­tra­tion.”

Oloyede noted that the board will not al­low any other cus­tom browser other than its own and that it must be in­stalled on each of the 250 sys­tems and an ad­di­tion of 25 backup, which must be used be­fore ac­cred­i­ta­tion, this he said the board would make avail­able.

“We are also bring­ing lens de­tec­tors to en­sure that no sig­nal is com­ing in or out of the ex­am­i­na­tion halls. If one of the sys­tems is not work­ing, it is at the risk of the owner be­cause no money will be paid and any cen­tre where that hap­pens will be delisted,” he said, adding that all ca­bles must be trumped.

On the ePIN pay­ment process by can­di­dates, he said all trans­ac­tions by CBT cen­tres must be cash­less and that they must open ac­counts with the board’s des­ig­nated banks and other fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

The Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Lead City Univer­sity, Ibadan, Pro­fes­sor ‘Remi Adeyemo; Oyo State Gov­er­nor, Abi­ola Aji­mobi; the Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Gabriel Ogun­mola; the Vice-Pres­i­dent and guest speaker, Pro­fes­sor Yemi Os­in­bajo; and the Pro-Chan­cel­lor/Chair­man...

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