JAMB releases 2019 UTME registration dates, guidelines

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the guidelines for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede also disclosed that the sale of registration form would start on 10th January, 2019 and last six weeks.

Professor Oloyede who was speaking in Lagos at a meeting with the owners and managers of the 817 accredited CBT centres across the country said that the exam would hold in March.

He cautioned them against conniving with candidates in any form of malpractice, adding that 50 CBT centres that were found culpable in the 2018 examination have been banned.

“There were more than five culprits in different part of country.

“Some of them used some technology to extend the place of registration, thereby duped the candidates.

“Contrary to normal registration procedures, registering candidates off site, such candidates thumb prints will not be there and at the point of examination, the candidate will not be able to write the exam.

“They did that for so many reasons, including having access to our private network and a number of them have been arrested and we have interviewed them,” he said.

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He also extended his charge to prospective candidates to only patronise the accredited centres. He said all unregistered cybercafé centres could not be trusted to handle any of major JAMB services.

Stringency on the conduct of CBT Centres

The JAMB boss gave the instance of a centre in Edo State to explain how much the examination body closely monitors centres.

“At one of the centres at Ighara in Edo State, they did a lot of infractions. One of it was that, a staff was writing for a candidate and because we monitored it from a far.

“I came there personally and we moved to their system, unknown to them that we have copied it. They tampered with their CD and erased it from the CD by the time they were summiting to us and we felt that was a very serious infraction.

“They were extorting candidates, over charging and doing services they do not have the capacity to do.

Talking on the improvement in the various CBT centres, he said: “We are now moving to improving the services at the centres particularly the CBT offices across the country. They are in shambles and we want to pay attention to the facilities at the states level.

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“We want to also provide incentives for our staff. We believe that some of them are forced by necessity to do unethical things and we believe if we increase their welfare, it will have more legitimate ground to sanction those who do what they are not suppose to do.”

Provision for the blind

Oloyede said blind candidates would have access to dedicated centres and his officials were working towards improving the conduct of such exams.

“The blind candidates will have special centres. Some of our officials will be in UK next week where all the assessment bodies who are attending to the blind will meet with a way of finding the best technology to use for them at the cheapest price because of the rate of exchange.

“For those who can use brail machine, they are available. We will give them. But for those who are not used to such, we will use the best method (possible).

“That’s why we have set up a committee of experts under Professor Peter Okebukola to look for all inclusive methods to attend and bend to suit the purposes of all these peculiar candidates.”

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