The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has taking a strict stand on the issue of multiple registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and said that candidates caught will be banned from writing the exam for three years.
Reporting this new development, the JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, said that some candidates who were involved in multiple registrations in this year’s UTME has already gotten their results invalidated by the board.
Outlining the challenges of writing the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) during UTME, Prof. Ojerinde lamented that with over 98 vehicles used in the distribution of examination materials to the various centres during this year’s exam, there is a greater risk of examination leakage the security of test materials are not guaranteed.
He restated the board’s commitment to conducting a total Computer Based Test (CBT) mode for the UTME from 2015 saying that it is very much cost effective and reduces the risks of exam malpractice.
“PPT was full of fraud, malpractices, logistic problems and insecurity, so we do not want to go back to it. We now have a solution with the introduction of CBT. We are forging ahead with it,” he said.
On how prepared JAMB is to go fully computer-based, Ojerinde disclosed that there were over 156 CBT centres nationwide; 10 of them personally built by the board.
The Federal Government has also pledged to construct world standard CBT centres in each of the 109 senatorial districts in the country to ease the board’s transition to e-testing by 2015.