2019:JAMB ANNOUNCES DATE FOR UTME REGISTRATION.

AMBALI ABDULAFEEZ.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the date for the registration of 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Ishaq Oloyede,JAMB registrar, divulged that the sale of registration form would commence on 10th January, 2019 for a period of six weeks.

Professor Oloyede, who spoke in Lagos at a meeting with the owners and managers of the 817 accredited CBT centres across the country, said that the exam would be held in March.

He discouraged these CBT centres from conniving with candidates in any form of malpractice, accentuating that 50 CBT centres that were found guilty in the 2018 examination have been banned.

He said,“there were more than five culprits in different part of country with Some of them using some technology to extend the place of registration, thereby duping the candidates”.

He also said,”as against the normal registration procedures, registering candidates off site will prevent candidates from writing exam as such candidates thumb prints will not be available at the point of examination”.

He also extended his cautionary advice to prospective candidates to only patronise the accredited centres. He said all unregistered cybercafé centres could not be trusted to handle any of major JAMB services.

The JAMB boss,Prof. Ishaq Oloyede gave an illustration of a centre in Edo State, in order to explain how much the board closely monitors centres.

He reported that a lot of infractions were perpetrated at one of the centres at Ighara in Edo State where a staff wrote for a candidate while we monitored from a far.

“I came there personally and moved close to their system, unknown to them that I have copied it. They tampered with their CD and erased it from the CD by the time they were submitting to us and we felt that was a very serious infraction”,he said.

As regards the improvement in the various CBT centres,we have got to improve the services at the CBT offices across the country. They are moribund and we need to pay attention to them.

The JAMB boss promised to provide incentives for his staff,believing that an increase in their welfare will prevent them from being forced by necessity to do unethical things,and that he will have more legitimate ground to sanction those who do what they are not supposed to do.

“Blind candidates will have access to dedicated centres and my officials are working towards improving the conduct of their exams,Oloyede said”

He also said that some of his officials will be in the United Kingdom next week, where all the assessment bodies who will attend to the blind will meet with a way of finding the best and cheapest technology to use for them.

He said braille machines will be available for those that can use them while alternative will be provided for those that cannot use them

“That’s why we have nominated a committee of experts, led by Professor Peter Okebukola, to look for all inclusive methods to attend to the needs of all these peculiar candidates”,Professor Ishaq claimed.

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