JAMB To Consider Use of Mobile Phones and Other Devices for UTME and DE Exam

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JAMB To Consider Use of Mobile Phones and Other Devices for UTME and DE Exam

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Examinations (JAMB), Saturday, said its contemplating a new policy where candidates wishing to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) would be required to use their mobile phones and other personal devices to take the examination. This is an initiative called ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) for the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) and the Direct Entry (DE) examination.

The Registrar of the Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made this known during the 2023 policy meeting in Abuja at the National Judicial Institute.

According to Oloyede, the initiative is such that it would allow candidates to take the examinations on their mobile phones. The JAMB boss noted that the board has continued to spend huge amounts of money on the conduct of examinations, hence the need for the initiative.

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He stated that, it cost the Board over N1.2billion to equip a CBT centre in Kaduna state, particularly in procuring computers which candidates use to take the examination.

The policy which falls under the “Bring Your Own Device” may require candidates wishing to take UTME in the future to bring their own devices to the examination hall.

Oloyede lamented the crave for university education among candidates at the detriment of polytechnics and colleges of education.

While condemning the wide disparity in admission quotas in the country, he urged aspiring undergraduates to explore other options within the tertiary education sector.

In the presentation unveiled by Oloyede, the board said,” On the way forward, we are looking at BOYD – the direction for JAMB Students to bring their telephones. It lowers capital investment but is not helpful for digital literacy. There will be the establishment of a mobile examinational malpractice tribunal to deal with the criminal aspect while institutions handle the misconduct.

“We will be partnering with security operatives and relevant agencies on cyber crimes; engaging the machinery and sponsoring them to tap from their knowledge of candidates. Movement of some services to the registration portal to prevent extortion Open Book Examination to Discourage Cheating.

“Political will and concerted efforts at adopting a single identity for all with NIMC citizens to discourage impersonation.”

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