JAMB reveals measures against Corona virus as 2020 UTME begins

Candidates gathered at the Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) in July 2019

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that hand gloves and sanitisers would be provided at Computer-Based Test centres across the country for candidates and its workers taking part in its exam.

This measure is taken to protect candidates as the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) began on Saturday, 14th March.

With over 1.9 million candidates registered for the year’s exams, this is the highest ever number of such in the exam’s 41 year history.

The 2020 UTME will be written across over 600 Computer-Based Test centres nationwide and will last till Saturday, 4th April.

JAMB also said it has deployed operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Department of State Services to CBT centres to monitor activities within each hall through the Closed-Circuit Television.

However, in the board’s weekly bulletin, 63 centres will not be participating in the 2020 UTME due to various infractions, adding that 16 of them suspended only after the 18th February mock examination.

The board said, “Determined to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the board has taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic. The Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, at an emergency meeting with the directors underscored the need to be proactive in tackling the menace.

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“Members of staff are advised to get face masks and hand sanitisers. He hinted that arrangements had been made to provide staff taking part in the 2020 UTME with hand gloves and hand sanitisers for use in their centres. The registrar also advised them to shun acts that would expose them to health hazards.”

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