JAMB bans ATM cards, watches, key holders, others, During UTME
A weekly bulleting from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board listed at least 19 items which it said remained prohibited for the over 1.8 million candidates taking the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
The items were prohibited during its examinations, warning that candidates who breached the directive would be disallowed from taking the UTME.
The board said it would like to ensure that its examinations meet best global practices, and so it is prohibiting watches, pens or biros, mobile phones or similar electronic devices, spy reading glasses, calculators, hard disks or similar storage devices, books or any reading material, cameras, recorders and microphones.
Accordingly, other things that are also prohibited are ear pieces, ink or pen readers, smart lenses, smart rings or jewellery, smart buttons, bluetooth devices, key holders, erasers and Automated Teller Machine cards.
JAMB vouched to continue to strive to eliminate unwholesome practices during its examinations, which necessitated the biometric verification of candidates as means of curbing impersonation as well as the introduction of Closed-Circuit Television cameras (CCTV) to its centres nationwide.
The bulletin also reads, “The search for a reliable assessment model after the traumatic experiences with Paper and Pencil Test hitherto used by the board led to the adoption of the Computer-Based Test. The paper format was jettisoned because it was characterised by different forms of examination malpractices.
“We believe that by offering highly competitive method electronically at approved testing centres, candidates and other stakeholders would continue to benefit from increased access and flexibility for immediate grading among other benefits. The CBT being administered by the board is a dynamic and individualised assessment tool designed in line with global best practices.”