As part of measures towards ensuring a seamless 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has trained over 2000 Proctors nationwide.
The Board also used the opportunity of the training to carry out a review of the guidelines for its Proctors and other examination officials.
The training, which was held virtually on Saturday, 4th March, 2023, was held simultaneously in three batches across the six geopolitical zones. The first batch comprised Proctors drawn from institutions in the South-West and North-East, while the second and third batches were Proctors from institutions drawn from the South-East/North-Central and North-West/South-South respectively.
The training was part of the Board’s efforts to equip all officials, particularly the Proctors, on the rudiments of computer appreciation and measures to address any technical issues that might arise during the conduct of the examination.
The training would, among other things, help in ensuring that Proctors familiarise themselves with the rules and regulations of the examination, conform with them and ensure that they display a high sense of moral integrity.
Also highlighted in the course of the training was the need for all examination officials to comport themselves professionally at all times particularly when addressing cases of malpractice without necessarily causing commotion in the hall.
Furthermore, examination officials were also advised not to engage in any act of extortion of candidates and, at the same time, ensure that candidates are protected from any form of extortion as well. In addition, they are enjoined to arrive promptly at their centres.
As part of the review exercise, Proctors are also tasked to refrain from bringing their mobile phones into the examination hall, charge such phones in the examination hall or engage in any communication with outsiders during the examination.
The Board maintains that all its rules are meant to guide all its examination officials and, as such, they are to be diligently and religiously followed as the success or failure of the examination is contingent upon the disposition and conduct of examination officials.