The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued a directive for all computer-based centres for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), to have Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, revealed this during the examination body’s interactive meeting with the operators of CBT centres drawn from across the federation.
The meeting held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.
According to Oloyede, the move was part of the measures being taken by JAMB to avoid errors of the past and ensure that the best is offered Nigerians.
He said the new process has completely phased out cybercafé operators, adding that the computer-based centres to be accredited must have 250 desktop or laptop systems in a single room with provision for additional 25 systems as back-ups.
Oloyede, who also revealed that during registrations of candidates at the cybercafés there should be no exchange of cash, said accredited banks should be partnered to ensure the success of the cashless policy.
The board also informed the CBT operators that all the 10 fingers of candidates must be captured during data capturing, and that anyone whose whole 10 fingers cannot be captured by the CBT centres should be directed to the headquarters of JAMB in Abuja.
The measure according to JAMB is to avoid multiple registrations by candidates.
The meeting, which was attended by thousands of computer operators across the country, witnessed debates among participants on several issues including the suggestion for the cancellation of UTME mobile applications.
Oloyede said; “What we have said is that we are in a period of change, and what that means is that everything we have been doing must be reviewed. Whatever we have been doing rights will have to be reinforced while what were doing wrongly will be changed. For the purpose of the CBT centres, we have to introduce the CCTV so that whatever that is going on at our centres can be monitored anywhere in the world.
“We are also standardizing the CBT centres so that all CBT centres will have 250 computers with 10 per cent of the figure as backups.”