The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has issued new guidelines to ensure the smooth running of future operational processes, including the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
The board disclosed this in its Weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar on Monday in Abuja.
As a requirement for printing the application forms, a candidate must use at least two fingers and one of the two fingers taken will be used for biometric verification before entering the examination hall on the day of the examination.
The two verifiable fingers of all candidates must be indicated consecutively on the candidates’ application and examination forms.
Prohibition of centres
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has warned that some cyber cafes and learning centres have been banned from participating in the board examinations.
Oloyede said no CBT centre would be allowed to collaborate with the banned group, adding that any violation of the directive, whether in whole or in part, would lead to the revocation of the licence of the offending CBT centre.
Accreditation of CBT centres
No new centre for computer-based testing will be accredited without complying with the new requirements.
To this end, new CBT centres must use laptops as clients; thin clients or Remote Desktop Protocol will no longer be accepted.
No CBT centre may install clients with less than 2 gigabytes of RAM.
The Autobot system is now mandatory for CBT centre accreditation; three Autobot tests must be conducted: Pre-accreditation during Mock – UTME and Dummy test.
The Registrar also said that the biometric data of all accredited CBT centre registration officers would be captured before the examination.
He explained this by saying that as a proactive body, the authority must keep up with the times to stay ahead of the machinations of fraudsters and protect the integrity of the system.
At the time of registration, candidates with bad fingerprints would be registered for the examination as ‘exceptional candidates’.
Their registration forms are colour-coded and visually different from those of other candidates.
These candidates would take their examination in Abuja on the last day of the national examination calendar and their results would only be released after a proper examination.
Separation of Direct Entry/UTME
To further consolidate data collection, the authority would consider separating UTME registration from Direct Entry registration from 2023.
And to prevent illegal admissions and printing of compensation forms, all registrations of applicants, including UTME, DE and others, will have to be completed with fingerprint authentication.