The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says the board between 2016 and 2019 generated N20 billion from University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).
The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede at a two-day meeting with Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre Operators, State Coordinators of the Board, Financial Institutions and Internet Service Providers on Thursday in Zaria, Kaduna State said we have accrued N20bn in three years as an agency, we have to ensure that small and medium scale businesses thrive and if you multiply 11 staff by 700, you will know better. “We are also adding value to the economy and job creation out of your employment market and we will continue to support you once you are doing your work well,” he assured.
He said the board would approach relevant authorities to deploy drones during the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation’s Examination that fraudsters were tampering with the CCTV cameras at its centres for the purpose of cheating.
He had said the act was being perpetrated with the connivance of the board’s technical official during the conduct of UTME.
Oloyede also announced its readiness to deploy drone cameras to all the identified 700 examination centres to check any activity that could jeopardize the efforts of the board from being a transparent agency of government it was known for.
The Registrar directed that “All CCTV must be wired, all cameras must cover verification areas, coding areas, walk ways, examination hall, server room and entrance and exit in all centres. “We will use drones to monitor the centres to check registration and examination scandals.” In the area of prosecution of those caught in the past,
“100 candidates caught red-handed are under prosecution – 20 jailed and 80 others are under investigation. “Last year was for the prosecution of candidates. By the grace of God, it is the turn of CBT centres to be prosecuted. If you do work well, it will reduce the cost of running from one court to the other,” he pleaded.
He said the board had no fewer than 613 Computer-Based Test centres and that the drones in addition to the CCTV cameras would be deployed to checkmate those planning to perpetrate examination malpractices in all the designated centres for the 2020 UTME.
He also warned operators of tutorial classes to steer clear of the 613 CBT centres, noting that most of the tutorial class operators were not qualified and at the same time act as a conduit for examination malpractices.
He warned that anyone caught aiding and abetting any candidate to cheat would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“They are the centres for corruption in examination malpractices in the country,” he said.
This was just as he warned parents to keep away from UTME centres, pointing out that parents too encouraged their children or wards to cheat during examinations.
He said the board would no longer tolerate such conducts coming from parents who were supposed to be epitome of discipline in society.
he warned “No third party is allowed,” only candidates that were biometrically verified would be allowed to sit for the 2020 UTME. the board would not tolerate makeshift CTB centres. “centres must be dedicated to the examination and must be within the MTN or Airtel network coverage areas.”
“All centres network must be powered by switches; no hubs allowed.
“Other CBT centres (CTC/CRC) are encouraged to open with any account with any of the partnership banks,” he said.