The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday in Lagos announced that it would start registering candidates for its 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations from next month.
The organisation also in a strong terms, warned operators of the licensed computer-based centres using for the exercise across the country to follow strictly the rules and regulations guiding their partnership.
The Registrar and Chief Executive of the exam body, Prof Isha’q Oloyede stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting he held with the owners and administrators of CBT centres who converged on Lagos from across Nigeria for sensitisation programme ahead of registration for, and conduct of, the exam.
UTME is entrance exam conducted annually by JAMB for students who are seeking admission into both public and private tertiary institutions from colleges of education to polytechnics and universities nationwide.
Oloyede, who did not state the exact date for the commencement of the registration exercise however disclosed that JAMB would be stricter this year than previous years with CBT centres so as to make UTME more credible.
He warned them that there would not be room (as there were never been) for sharp practices which he accused many of them of perpetrating to defraud innocent students and their parents.
He said all things pertaining to registration of candidates including the N5, 000 registration fee would still be carried out online and on cashless basis.
Oloyede, who was once a Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Kwara State said only N4, 700 of the money would go to JAMB while the rest to owners of CBT centres.
He however warned the CBT operators not to charge a dime in whatever circumstances as an addition to the stipulated N5, 000 registration fee per candidate.
He disclosed that a total of 72 centres found wanting last year were punished according to their offences, which he said ranges from illegal collection of N1,000 gate entrance fee and sales of spurious past questions to candidates.
He said some of them were delisted for life while some suspended for certain number of years and that those having such dubious intention should have a rethink and do according to rules.
Speaking about malpractice before, during and after the exam, Oloyode said no student, nor invigilator nor examiner including himself would be allowed to go into the exam halls with banned items such as eye glasses, wrist watches, pen and so forth.
He said JAMB had enough equipment to screens such items including recommended eyes glasses in case of those who could not do without wearing one.
He also said no CBT centre would participate in exam without functioning and effective CCTV cameras that would be accessible through signal by JAMB central CCTV monitor from Abuja.
He also told them that they must have nothing less than 250 well-functioning computers and another 25 as backup in their centres using only JAMB custom browser otherwise they would not be paid for their service.
He however said should such eventually happen, students would quickly be relocated elsewhere with no additional cost.
The registrar, who urged prospective candidates to fill their forms correctly so as not to pay penalty for correction of errors made, disclosed that JAMB made up to N100 million last year to effect corrections and said such was avoidable if students are meticulous in filling their forms.