JAMB warns against activities of tutorial centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned parents and candidates for its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to be wary of tutorial centres in the country, saying some of them are breeding grounds for examination malpractices.

Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, gave the warning in Abuja on Monday during a meeting of critical stakeholders on strategic planning and preparation for the supervision and administration of the 2019 UTME.

“Tutorial operators are causing damages to education, because parents are just there because of results (they churned out) in previous years, so they go to any extent to get good results. They are not teaching these students anything, they are faking results for them, their work is to corrupt the system,” he said.

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Prof. Oloyede said the examination body has prohibited candidates from bringing ATM cards, key-holders, erasers and other cheating devices to examination hall in its forthcoming 2019 UTME in order to curtail any act of malpractice.

He listed other items that are banned in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres that will play host to the exam to include watches, biro, spy reading glasses, earpiece, recorder, camera, among others.
Speaking further, he disclosed that the Board would soon publish the names of impersonators who took part in JAMB exams within the last 10 years in order to shame them as well as serves as deterrent to others.

While saying the Board has rolled several innovations like Integrated Brochure/Syllabus System, Eligibility Checker to ensure seamless admission process, Oloyede said candidates would be subjected to mandatory biometric verification during the exam.

On the number of students that gained admission from the 2018 UTME, the JAMB boss said the Board has so far admitted 566, 262 out of the about 800, 000 candidates that are qualified for admission.

He said about 1.99 million candidates registered for the 2019 UTME as well as Direct Entry, adding that 22 CBT centres that violated the laid down rules during the registration exercise will not be allowed to take part in the examination that will begin from April 11.

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