The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said to be placed a ban on the use of 16 electronic gadgets at the UTME mock examination which is to hold on February 26, 2018, across various venues within the federation.
According to the memo announced by JAMB on Thursday, UTME officials manning operations at different examination centers have been authorized to check items such as eyeglasses (which might be a spyglass), wrist-watches, advanced pens, calculators and also any other electronic devices that could apparently compromise the orderliness of the examination. Officials are also permitted to confiscate any devices as they deem fit.
However, this mandate isn’t restricted to students. Punch reports that according to the memo dispensed by the UTME Monitoring Groups, JAMB’s officials and all other authorized persons are also bound by the same rule. Hence, if they are found with related items in the examination hall, they would be seen as saboteurs. Necessary actions would be meted upon such defaulters.
The banned 16 items include:
- Mobile phones or similar electronic devices,
- Spy reading glasses which should be scrutinized,
- Calculators or similar electronic devices,
- USB, CD, hard disks and/or similar storage devices.
- Books or any reading/writing material,
- Ink/pen readers,
- Smart lenses,
- Smart rings/ jewelry,
- Smart buttons and
- Bluetooth devices
The 2017 JAMB examination was plagued with lots of malpractice cases. Officials reportedly accepted bribes from students, 48 CBT centers were blacklisted and over 10,000 students were caught in malpractice in Anambra alone.
JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, had in 2017 stated the board’s intention to truncate any activities of malpractice from both from students and operators. This initiative is probably a spinoff of that decision and could, in a way, prove effective, if JAMB’s detection equipment is solid enough.
JAMB/UTME Monitoring is in collaboration with the Civil Society Group (CSG) — a group inaugurated by JAMB Registrar — to carry out this mandate at all verified JAMB centers.