JAMB to establish additional 340 ICT centres in Nigeria — Registrar

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IGBOHO – The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) said on Wednesday it would set up  340 ICT centres in addition to the existing 163 centres used in the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Igboho, State, that the creation of more centres would bring the centres closer to candidates who sit for the Computer Based Test (CBT) across the country.

“Next year, we are going to have more centres.

“Traveling very long distance is going to be reduced, but if they don’t want to travel, then let communities establish computer based testing centres for them.

“We’ll patronise those places but, they really have to travel, travelling is a part of education. Let them move around and see what is happening in other parts of the world.’’

The JAMB boss also said  the CBT had  made it difficult for candidates to cheat in the UTME while reducing the of conducting the examination. [eap_ad_1] He also said that the candidates could now access result within 24 hours of taking the examination.

“Last year, we recorded 0.7 per cent cheat rate,  but this year, we have just 0.2 per cent and we are hoping that by next year, we will have zero per cent,’’  he said.

On the controversy trailing the conduct of post-UTME by universities, Ojerinde said that the candidates who cheated were to blame for the development.

“ The problem is caused by Nigerians.

“You are supposed to take one exam and go to the university, but Nigerians have developed the habit of malpractice and one of the ways of curbing this is to do another post UTME.

“Not that I’m in support of it, but if we don’t want it, then, let stop cheating in the examination.

“One of the ways of stopping it is to make sure we do CBT where cheating  is much reduced and it’s not likely. Therefore, the post UTME will die a natural death.’’·