JAMB bans wristwatches, eyeglasses, pens in 2018 UTME


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has banned the use of electronic devices in its examinations. The ban would take effect from the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this at a meeting in Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), with operators of Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres. He explained that the board discovered that some electronic devices like pen, wristwatches and phones were used to perpetrate examination malpractice during the 2017 UTME.

Oloyede stressed that due to the board’s zero tolerance for irregularities and corrupt practices, it would also install electronic jammers in all CBT centres to frustrate those planning to cheat. “We have introduced new measures that would further add to the integrity of the registration process and conduct of the UTME.”

On the commencement of sale of registration forms for the 2018 UTME, the registrar disclosed that the board would meet with stakeholders on November 15 to review the process. He added that the sale of forms would begin before the end of the month.

“Before that, we expect students to download the applications from JAMB’s website, which include the syllabus and the brochure to enable them study the registration procedure to minimise errors,” he said.

Oloyode explained that while 72 CBT centres had been disaccredited over various offences, the board has so far, registered 617 operators in addition to existing ones.


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