The Joint Admissions And Matriculations Board (JAMB) has disclosed new guidelines it has put in place to ensure a seamless conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). This was disclosed in its Weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar on Monday in Abuja.
The new guidelines, includes the introduction of double fingerprints, exemption candidates, and others. Each of them has been exlained below;
As a requirement for printing registration slips, candidates must now use at least two fingers and any of the two fingers taken would be used for biometric verification before entering the examination hall on the day of the examination.
The two verifiable fingers of all candidates must be consecutively indicated on the candidates’ registration and examination slips.
Oloyede said that no CBT centre would be allowed to collaborate with cybercafes and tutorial centres that had been prohibited, adding that any violation of the directive, whether in part or whole, would lead to the revocation of the licence of the erring CBT centre.
CBT centre accreditation
No new Computer-Based Test centre would be accredited without meeting the new requirements. To this end, new CBT centres must use laptop computer systems as clients, zero thin-clients or Remote Desktop Protocol would no longer be accepted. No CBT centre must install any clients with less than 2 gigabyte RAM.
It is now mandatory that the Autobot system should be used for the accreditation of CBT centres; there should be three Autobot tests: Pre-accreditation during Mock – UTME and the dummy examination.
The registrar also said that biometrics of all accredited CBT centre registration officers would be captured ahead of the exercise.
This, he explained, was because the board as a proactive agency must move with the tide to stay ahead of the machinations of cheats and safeguard the integrity of the system.
At the registration point, candidates with bad fingerprints would be scheduled for the examination as ‘Exemption Candidates’.
Their registration slips would be colour-coded and visually different from those for other candidates.
Such candidates would sit their examination in Abuja on the last date of the national examination calendar and their results would not be released until after being subjected to proper scrutiny.