The Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, has introduced innovations that will further improve its 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination outing.
The Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who gave details of the fourteen new innovations to JAMB stakeholders, said the board became wiser when it discovered candidates’ ingenuity in committing malpractice.
Prof. Oloyede was speaking at an event to brief critical stakeholders on strategic planning and preparations for supervision of 2019 UTME.
According to him, the board has introduced a robust items bank with appropriate safe guard, conducted online test for technical officers to weed out fakes, created a separate indicator for the mute in the exam forms and is gradually moving towards open examination for candidates.
The board also created Integrated Brochure and syllabus system which will allow candidates check their eligibility for institutions and courses, it also hopes to produce one million questions per subject to allow students a variety of options during the test.
“A separate indicator had also been created for the deaf to differentiate them for special attention at the examination centre. Efforts are on to provide the option of special centres or mainstreaming for the blind.
“We now have live report on centres that registered any candidate, the time the candidate was registered, who registered the candidate, computer system used, the location of registration.
According to Prof. Oloyede, biometric verification will be the only mode of admittance into the examination hall, as provision had already been made for candidates who had challenges with biometric registration.
“All candidates whose fingerprints could not be captured during registration from centres across the country were brought to JAMB Headquarters and were registered appropriately.
He said the increase in identity fraud among candidates before the introduction of biometric verification prompted the board to insist on compliance by all candidates
“I want to warn candidates expected to sit for the examination to ensure their biometrics were taken and verified for the examination, any candidate that cannot be verified by the Biometric Verification Mode must not be allowed to take the examination under any guise’’ he said.
JAMB also disclosed that about 708 CBT centres out of the 1000 that applied, qualified to be used as exam centres while all computers needed for the exams have been programmed to provide such services.
Prof. Oloyede added that the list of prohibited items have been updated to include wristwatches, recorders, earpieces, mobile phones, Bluetooth devices, smart lenses, erasers, smart buttons and spy reading glasses, among others.
The 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination is scheduled to hold on the 11th of April and is expected to run for five days only.