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JAMB rolls out new guidelines

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has set out new guidelines for the conduct of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

This is contained in its Weekly Bulletin released on Monday in Abuja.

The board said the development was released in a communiqué issued at the end of a five-day brainstorming retreat for management staff held in Abuja.

It explained that the modifications include; new ways to further strengthen the conduct of the UTME accreditation centres, registration of candidates, examination process, results management and general administration.

According to JAMB, all Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres must henceforth use laptops running on at least 2 gigabytes (2GB) RAM for the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) tests.

The board also barred CBT centres from collaborating with cyber cafes or tutorial centres, saying “any violation of the directive, whether in part or whole, will lead to the revocation of the licence of the erring CBT centre.”

“It became necessary for the board to modify its operations towards achieving far-reaching improvements on various issues emanating from the registration process and biometric challenges, among other operational procedures.

“Hence, no new Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre would be accredited without meeting the new requirements.

“To this end, new CBT centres must use laptop computer systems as clients, zero thin-dients or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) would no longer be accepted”, the bulletin reads

The Board is also considering separating UTME registration from that of Direct Entry (DE) beginning from 2023.

JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, also stated that biometrics of all accredited CBT centre registration officers would be captured ahead of the exercise.

Writing by Daniel Adejo; editing by Annabel Nwachukwu