In a bid to ensure seamless conduct of future operational processes including the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), accreditation of centres, registration of candidates, examination processes, results management and general administration, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has gone all out to strengthen its operations within these core areas, just as it rolled out fresh operational guidelines and modificationsto its technical services
The new developments were made known by the Board in a communiqué issued at the end of a five-day brainstorming Retreat held in Abuja between Monday, 19th and Friday, 23rd September, 2022.
According to the communiqué, it became necessary for the Board to modify its operations towards achieving far- reaching improvements on various issues emanating from the registration process, biometric challenges, and other operational procedures.
Hence, no new Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre would be accredited without meeting the new requirements. To this end, new CBT centres must use laptop computer systems as clients, zero thin- clients or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) would nolonger beaccepted.
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the two fingers taken would be used for biometric verification prior to entering the examination hall on the day of the examination. The Retreat, therefore, directed that the two verifiable fingers of all candidates must be consecutively indicated on the candidates’ registration andexamination slips.
To further consolidate on its data collection efforts, the Board announced that it would consider separating UTME registration from that of Direct Entry beginningfrom next year.
Registrar, JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, warned that cybercafes and tutorial centres had been prohibited from participating in any of the Board’s exercises as such no CBT centre would be allowed to collaborate with them adding that any violation of the directive, whether in part or whole, would lead to the revocation of the licence of the erring CBTcentre.
Furthermore, the Registrar stated that biometrics of all accredited CBT centre registration officers would be captured ahead of the exercise. He explained that the Board as a proactive agency must move with the tide do as to stay ahead of the machinations of cheats and safeguard the integrityof the system. On registration and biometrics, the Retreat resolved that at the registration point, candidates with bad fingerprints would be scheduled for the examination as “Exemption Candidates” and their registration slips would be colour-coded and visually different from those for other candidates. He added that such candidates would sit their examination in Abuja on the last date of the national examination calendar and their results would not be released until after being subjectedtoproper scrutiny. Furthermore, as a requirement for printing registration slips, a candidate must use at least two fingers and any of PICTURES FROM RETREAT CONTINUES
The communiqué further reiterated that no CBTcentre must install any clients with less than 2 gigabyte (2GB) RAM. The communiqué reads in parts, “It is now mandatory that Autobot system should be used for the accreditation of CBT centres; there should be three (3) Autobot tests: Pre-accreditation, During Mock- UTME and, the dummy examination, which is held a day before the UTME to confirm the readiness of the centre. Another key reason for the decision was the need to prevent IP addressduplication andabuse.
The Retreat also mandated the Board to widen the scope of accredited CBT centres as each of them would now have two additional registration outlets within their State of operation.
On condonement of illegal admissions and printing of indemnity forms, the Retreat directed that all candidates’ registrations, whether UTME, DE, CUIIA or others, must be completed with fingerprint authentication and the same must be used for the printing of registration slips and indemnity forms while the Institutions must declare and provide the list of candidates admitted behind closed doors before the affected candidates could apply for Condonement of Undisclosed Illegal Institutional Admissions(CUIIA).
The Retreat also witnessed enriching contributions from Directors and Coordinators of the Board as well as invited key stakeholders including Prof. Peter Okebukola, Prof. Braide Ekanem, CP Fatai Owoseni,among others.