THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) will open registration for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on January 10, 2019.
JAMB Registrar Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said at a stakeholders meeting with CBT Centre operators and others at the University of Lagos yesterday that the sale of e-PIN for the examination would last for six weeks.
He, however, did not give the actual examination dates.
Oloyede had initially announced January 3 as beginning date for the sale of forms but changed it to January 10, 2018 following appeal by the CBT operators for more time to complete their online network test.
The centres were only given seven days from yesterday to complete the test that would ensure their computers were in shape and could communicate with the JAMB control room in Abuja.
However, it was extended after the CBT operators appealed for more time.
Oloyede said the registration for the examination would be done only by 718 accredited CBT centres spread across the country, adding that cyber cafes had been barred from registering candidates for the examination because of sharp practices.
Oloyede warned the CBT centres against sharp practices so they do not suffer the fate of 50 CBT centres struck off JAMB’s list last year.
“Some of them have been prosecuted – up to five. Some of them used technology to extend the place of registration off site… such that on the day of examination, the candidates could not write the examination. They were doing that for so many reasons, including having access to our private network. A number of them have been arrested; they have been interviewed. They are one way or the other associated with a centre in Igarra in Edo State. I have even sent messages to their traditional ruler to speak with them. We are appealing to elders to make sure they talk to their youths,” he said.
Oloyede said CBT centres should guard their JAMB-issued SIM cards, access codes and other confidential documents relating to the board carefully as the transfer of such items to the wrong hands could mean losing their accreditation.
He also said the board had banned the sale of anything related to JAMB (like past questions) to the candidates to check extortion.
The JAMB registrar gave the list of approved charges for all the services they may render to candidates from registration to the point of admission.
The former University of Ilorin Vice-Chancellor explained that JAMB recorded revenue because of judicious management of resources, adding that adoption of technology would make the whole process of examination, assessment and dissemination of result even cheaper.
“We are now moving to improve the services at the centres, particularly the CBT centres across the country. They are in shambles. And we want to pay attention to the facilities to the state. We want to provide incentives for our staff. We believe that some of them are forced by necessity to do unethical things. We believe if we improve their welfare, we will have more legitimate ground to sanction those who do what they are not supposed to do,” he said.
Oloyede said a number of features had been introduced to ensure candidates, not the CBT centres, had greater control over their bio-details that they shared with the board for the registration.
The JAMB Registrar thanked the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for carrying the board along regarding the election time table.
Also speaking, chairman, Governing Council of JAMB, Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, said the council was in support of the reforms introduced by Oloyede. He expressed hope that JAMB would return to how it operated at the beginning where admission letters were sent to students at home without them needing to influence their admissions.
“While I was at the USSR studying Medicine, my mother wrote me that I got an admission letter from JAMB to study Medicine at Nsukka. It is my vision, it is my own desire, it is my dream to have JAMB return to what it was that time when nobody knew me. I did not know anybody but JAMB delivered my letter to my home in the village,” he said.