JAMB Urged to Stop Registration of New CBT Centers Nationwide

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Have Been Advised to Stop the Registration of New Computer Based Test (CBT) Centers to Prevent Proliferation thereby Making the Business of Delivering Quality Assessment an all-comers Affair.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation  Board(JAMB) has been urged to come up with stringent regulations to stop the proliferation of computer-Based Test centers nationwide.

This was the submission of the General Manager, Gateway ICT Limited, South-West Resource Centre, owned by Ogun State, Mrs Irene Ayorinde. The GM, who disclosed this in a telephone chat with JAMBulletin on Tuesday in Abuja, also scored the Board high in its service delivery. She described the Board as a pacesetter  in the area of assessment and in the provision of quality service to the public with integrity. 

In addition, Mrs Ayorinde charged JAMB to stop further registration of new CBT centres so as to prevent their proliferation and making the business of delivering quality assessment an all— comers affair. According to her, such a measure would curb most of the infractions perpetrated by some operators who view the venture as a money-spinning one rather than service to the nation while making legitimate earnings. 

In her words, "I want to make a passionate appeal to the Board to stop registration of the new CBT centres, although there might be some merits in having an abundance of CBT centres to the extent that there might be CBT centres at every street corner. However, it should be noted that the quality of services rendered may be compromised while serious infractions might have fertile ground to thrive."

Continuing, she said, "Businessmen and women are setting up CBT centres everywhere to make money and if they are not getting their projected profits, they may indulge in acts inimical to the conduct of the examination.

Similarly, the Board has little control over what happens at these CBT centres. So, I would say that if the Board were to continue to partner with private CBT centres, then more stringent regulations would have to be put in place to regulate the operations of both new and existing CBT centres." 

Mrs Ayorinde, who had a blissful career as a banker that spanned over 23 years before taking up the headship of the state-owned ICT Resource Centre, pointed out that the operation of a CBT centre requires integrity, character and strict management. 

She said the Gateway Centre had collaborated with JAMB for over a period of four years with an unblemished record in the conduct of the Board's Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). 

According to her, the successes recorded by the centre may not be unconnected with quality service the centre has been rendering to the public, particularly UTME candidates in Ogun State during UTME Registration as well as the conduct of the examination proper and other ancillary services. 

She noted that Gateway ICT Centre was committed to the mission and vision of the guiding the operations of the Institute making it always ahead of other centres in terms ofservice delivery.  "It's interesting partnering with JAMB. We are always on our toes because the Board, at times, pays us unscheduled visits, especially during the build-up to the UTM E, so as to test ourfacilities such as the systems, Local Area Network, among others. As a responsive outfit, we are committed to excellence.