CEM REPORT, EDUCATION | The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced it is modifying guidelines for the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The board says the modification includes new ways to further strengthen the conduct of the UTME accreditation centres.
JAMB’s Weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar notes that new Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres that do not meet the new requirements will not be accredited.
Additionally, each accredited CBT centre is expected to have two additional registration outlets within their state of operation.
The bulletin also states that “it is now mandatory that the Autobot system be used for the accreditation of CBT centres; there should be three Autobot tests: Pre-accreditation during Mock – UTME and the dummy examination.”
Some of the other modification areas include: registration of candidates, examination process, results management and general administration.
The Board revealed that it is considering separating UTME registration from that of Direct Entry (DE) beginning in 2023.
“It became necessary for the board to modify its operations towards achieving far-reaching improvements on various issues emanating from the registration process and biometric challenges, among other operational procedures.
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“Hence, no new Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre would be accredited without meeting the new requirements.
“To this end, new CBT centres must use laptop computer systems as clients, zero thin-dients or Remote Desktop Protocol would no longer be accepted.”
Jamb also revealed that dummy exams will be held a day before the UTME to confirm the readiness of the centre.