The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has made some modifications to the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), banning the use of pens, wristwatches, eyeglasses and other electronic devices during the exam next year.
The education board made the announcement via its registrar, Professor Is'haq Oloyede who addressed newsmen on Wednesday.
Oloyede who spoke on the sideline of the sensitization workshop for Computer Based Test (CBT) centre owners revealed that the board has introduced some measures that would further add to the integrity of the registration process as well as the proper conduct of the examination.
The JAMB Registrar pointed out that during the last examination, some electronic devices such as pens, wristwatches and more were used for examination malpractice, adding that next year, such electronic devices would not be allowed into the examination hall.
According to Oloyede, detection devices would also be introduced in next year's exam in order to frustrate students with the intention to cheat.
"What we are doing here today is to appraise the registration and conduct of our past examination and we have taken some lessons from our experience".
"To this end, therefore, we have introduced some measures that will further add to the integrity of the registration process as well as the conduct of the examination proper".
"For instance, we discovered during the conduct of the last examination that some electronic devices such as pens, wristwatches and other devices were used to perpetrate examination malpractice".
"So, for next year, we have banned the use of wristwatches and pens by candidates and other persons in the examination hall. We are also going to introduce some detection devices to ensure that those who plan to cheat in the examination hall are frustrated, as we will also jam (communication network) of the centres".
Professor Oloyede also took out time to announce the date of commencement of sales of the registration document for next year's exam. According to Oloyede, sales would commence before the end of November.
"We are planning to meet with all stakeholders on Nov. 15 and the sale of the registration document will definitely commence before the end of this month.
“But before that, we expect candidates to go and download our app, go to our website and download the syllabus and brochure, so that they can now study the process”.
“This is in order to minimize the errors that usually occur during the registration process".
The JAMB Registrar further called on CBT centre owners to aid in checking anti-examination activities capable of compromising the exam, adding that the owners would be held culpable should any centre be found wanting.