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JAMB May Allow Candidates to Write UTME With Mobile Phones In Future

There are indications that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is contemplating a new policy where candidates wishing to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would be required to use their mobile phones and other personal devices to take the examination.

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede made the disclosure on Saturday, June 24, 2023, in Abuja while speaking at the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.

He hinged the proposed policy on the rising cost of logistics in taking the UTME nationwide.
According to Oloyede, it cost the Board over N1.2 billion to equip a CBT center in Kaduna state, particularly in procuring computers that candidates use to take the examination.

The policy which falls under the “Bring Your Own Device” may require candidates wishing to take UTME in the future to bring their own devices to the examination hall.

In the presentation unveiled by Oloyede, the board said,” On the way forward, we are looking at BOYD – the direction for JAMB Students to bring their telephones. It lowers capital investment but is not helpful for digital literacy.

There will be the establishment of a mobile examinational malpractice tribunal to deal with the criminal aspect while institutions handle the misconduct.

“We will be partnering with security operatives and relevant agencies on cyber crimes; engaging the machinery and sponsoring them to tap from their knowledge of candidates. Movement of some services to the registration portal to prevent extortion of Open Book Examination to Discourage Cheating.

“Political will and concerted efforts at adopting a single identity for all with NIMC citizens to discourage impersonation,” he said.

Dare Akogun

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