2022 UTME: JAMB Holds Meeting with CBT Centre Operators
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Holds Virtual Meeting with CBT Centre Operators, Reads the Riot Act Ahead of the 2022 UTME/DE Registration Exercise.

Ahead of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration exercise nationwide, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede has charged proprietors of Computer-Based Test(CBT) centres to consider their engagement with the Board as a national assignment.

The Registrar gave the charge at a virtual meeting with the proprietors of accredited CBT centres preparatory to the 2022 UTME/DE Registration exercise.

According to the JAMBulletin report, the Registrar urged the centre owners to be mindful of their sensitive responsibilities given the strategic importance of the registration exercise to the nation.

He said JAMB would continue to partner with reliable CBT centres, noting that some centres were sanctioned on account of the various infractions committed during the 2021exercise.

He added that the Board would not hesitate to do the same should any of them be found wanting?

He said, “I urged you to play your roles responsibly. We would continue to identify bad eggs among you and apply necessary sanctions as the exercise is too important to the nation to be jeopardised by the interests of a few fraudulent individuals.”Prof. Oloyede warned against unwholesome behaviours like
extortion, overnight registration, movement of routers to other locations other than the approved centre attending to candidates by proxy, among others, adding that the Board has mechanisms in place to detect all forms of infractions.

The Registrar extolled the virtues of the cashless regime in this year’s UTME registration exercise, stating that the idea was conceived to prevent warehousing of candidates, extortion and other exploitative tendencies of some fraudulent operators of CBT centres.

To test the readiness of the centres for the upcoming UTME, the Registrar disclosed that there would be an Autobot test before the commencement of registration in the over 600 CBT centres, adding that all centres must be on approved IP addresses in addition to complying with all other regulations as laid down by the Board.

The Registrar also disclosed that the Board has approved the recommendations of the JAMB Equal Opportunity Group (JEOG) for the smooth conduct of the UTME for Blind Candidates.

In the same vein, special arrangements are also being put in place to ease the taking of the examination for the Deaf Candidates in line with the recommendations of the Nigerian National Association for the Deaf (NNAD).

He said the use of the National Identification Number(NIN) as a precondition for registration was mandatory for all candidates, staff ad-hoc staff.

He advised the centres to guard all sensitive equipment jealously as the Board would not take kindly to any reported loss of any sensitive equipment.

Some of the centre owners, in their interactions with JAMBulletin at the end of the virtual meeting, expressed appreciation to the Board for being a worthy partner.

They said it had been worthwhile partnering with the Board in its bid to enrich the conduct of public examinations in the country. They urged the Board not to hesitate in withdrawing accreditation from centres that flout its guidelines but implored its Management to consider an upward review of their fees given the rising operational costs of running their centres.