The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has raised the alarm over the unwholesome activities of tutorial centres across the country.
Speaking at a meeting of critical stakeholders on strategic planning and preparation for the supervision and administration of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, in Abuja, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said some centres were out to destroy education with examination malpractice.
Oloyede warned parents and candidates to be wary of tutorial centres across the country, stating that some of the centres were breeding grounds for examination malpractice.
“Tutorial operators are causing damages to education; parents are just there because of resus, so they go to any extent to get good results. They are not teaching these students anything, they are faking results for them; their work is to corrupt the system,” he said.
He added that 22 CBT centres that violated laid down rules during the registration process will not be allowed to take part in the examination that will begin from April 11.
Recall that JAMB approved 741 Computer Based Test, CBT, centres for the conduct of the 2019 UTME, but had 22 suspended for various infractions, ranging from excessive charges to unauthorised use of registration SIM in a manner that is inimical to candidates’ interest.
Oloyede said about 1.99 million candidates registered for the 2019 UTME and Direct Entry, across the country, adding thatJAMB has prohibited candidates from bringing ATM cards, key-holders, erasers and other cheating devices to examination hall in its forthcoming 2019 UTME in order to curtail any act of malpractice.
He further listed other items prohibited by JAMB from the Computer-Based Test, CBT, centres to include watches, biro, spy reading glasses, earpiece, recorder, camera, among others.
The JAMB boss said the prohibited items was a move towards ensuring that the Board conducts an examination that will meet global best practices.
Speaking on admissions for the 2018/2019 session, he said the Board has so far admitted 566, 262 out of the about 800, 000 candidates that are qualified for admission.
He noted that the Board has rolled out several innovations like Integrated Brochure/Syllabus System, Eligibility Checker to ensure seamless admission process, stressing that candidates would be subjected to mandatory biometric verification during the exam.