JAMB To Introduce CCTV In Exam Centres


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB, has said all computer-based test centre proprietors must install closed circuit televisions as one of the requirements for operations.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said this on Tuesday during a standardization meeting with CBT centre proprietors at the University of Lagos.

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Among other newly approved standardization methods, the board said the CCTV must show live recordings of the “entry door (from the inside), exit door (from the outside), cross-sectional coverage for examination rooms, external building, and server rooms.’’

Oloyede announced a total sum of N6,200, covering the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination form, CBT centre service fee and the JAMB textbook which would be paid by prospective candidates in 2017.

He added that more than one million candidates sat for the CBT variety of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2015.

He, however, accused CBT centres of “extorting candidates by charging above approved rates, subletting access codes to cyber cafes, encouraging multiple registration and punishing uncompromising candidates by changing their centres and/or institutions without their knowledge/consent,’’ among other infractions.

It also accused operators of the centres of sending fake messages to defraud candidates and providing mandatory training for same.

The Federal Government has  recently directed the board, to consult with the relevant stakeholders so as to come up with new and separate cut-o× marks for admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education from next year.

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According to the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah,  it is wrong to subject candidates seeking admission to different higher institutions to the same cut-off marks when the duration and contents of their courses are different.

He added that the current policy of adopting 180 as the uniform cut-off point for admission lacked fairness, equity and logic.