The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
(JAMB) organisers of the Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME,) has banned the
use of wrist watches and pens during the conduct
of its 2018 test.
NAN reports that the board’s Registrar, Is’haq
Oloyede disclosed this to journalists on the sideline
of a one-day sensitisation workshop for Computer
Based Test, CBT, centre owners on Wednesday in
According to him, the essence of the workshop is to
appraise the registration and conduct of the 2017

“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,
wristwatches and other devices were used to perpetrate
examination malpractice.
“So, for next year, we have banned 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 centres,” he said.
Mr. Oloyede noted that the sale of the registration
document for the 2018 UTME would commence
before the end of November.
“We are planning to meet with all stakeholders on
November 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.
“This is in order to minimise the errors that usually occurs
during the registration process,” he said.
The JAMB boss added that not less than 617 centres
have been accredited nationwide for the exercise.
“We are still considering about 60 more centres as we have
their applications waiting for consideration.
“However, a total of 72 centres nationwide have earlier been
delisted owing to their involvement in some infractions and
they remain delisted.”
On the board’s plan to construct mega CBT centres
for its examinations, Mr. Oloyede said: “The mega
centre plan is still on, we said that last year.
“ But the process of planning will take some time.
“There will be design, there will be contact with private
operators, just as there will be advertisements and also due
process will be followed,” he said.
Earlier, Mr. Oloyede called for the support of the
CBT centre owners in checking anti-examination
activities capable of compromising the
“While thanking you for your diligence during the 2017
examination, we want to seize this opportunity to inform
you of the flagging off of the 2018 exercise.
“We will like to also assure you that we will make use of
the best CBT centres in the coming examination.
“You will be culpable if you do not expose any CBT centre
that is doing what is evil because they will attract
condemnation from all of us.
“It is on this premise that we are appealing that you assist
us in identifying the bad eggs among you and ensuring that
they do not participate in our activities,” he said.
According to him, monitoring starts from the time
of arrival of the centre owners to the workshop.
He added that during the 2018 UTME examination,
the board would include some other requirements
for CBT centres.
“ We are not going to accept wireless CCTV cameras. Any
examination conducted in any CBT centre that we cannot
monitor from Abuja will not be paid for.
“The onus is on you to ensure that your CCTV are working
and must be on and no CBT centre is allowed to sell any
kind of materials under the guise of past questions.
“We will also not tolerate candidates leaving the centre to
go out to use the toilet. It is expected that all accredited CBT
centres have an in-house convenience,” Mr. Oloyede said.

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