The use of wrist watches and pens have been listed as some of the items prohibited by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) during its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to the Board’s registrar Is’haq Oloyede these items have been blacklisted from the upcoming UTME as they have been used to instigate cheating during exams in the past.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Speaking on the sales of the 2018 JAMB forms for potential undergraduates, Oloyede said plans are underway to ensure the forms are out and ready for pickup 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 minimise the errors that usually occurs during the registration process.”
“We are still considering about 60 more centres as we have their applications waiting for consideration.
“However, a total of 72 centres nationwide have earlier been delisted owing to their involvement in some infractions and they remain delisted.”