JAMB to deploy CCTV to monitor candidates in UTME

Candidates at a post-UME centre

Candidates at a post-UME centre

The Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has announced plans to use Closed Circuit Camera (CCTV) to monitor candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this in an interview in Abuja yesterday.He said the measure became necessary to further strengthen public examinations, particularly, the entry-level examinations into higher institutions.

Oloyede explained that the policy would be implemented across the nation during this year’s examination.He said there was nowhere in the world where Computer Based Test (CBT) is conducted without the use of CCTV.

According to him, operators of the CBT centres who do not comply with the installation of the cameras would not be accredited to conduct the examination.The registrar cautioned parents, guardians and candidates against patronising those he described as fake vendors of UTME forms.

He said JAMB has not started the sale of the forms, neither has it authorised any operator of cyber cafe to do so on its behalf.He warned that security agents had been briefed to arrest any body found to be selling fake UTME forms.

Oloyede explained: “I don’t know when we are going to start the sale of forms. All we want to do is to ensure that we put things in place. But the sale would start soon as we are currently meeting with heads of other examination bodies.

“We don’t want a situation where other examination bodies like the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) would be done simultaneously to put the candidates under pressure.”He added that holding examinations when the students were not ready usually lead mass failure.

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