The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has declared that only Computer Based Test Centres (CBTs) with laptop computers will be authorized to give the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to applicants.
This is occurring as the examination body prepares to create a digital platform to boost Board and stakeholder engagement.
Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), revealed to journalists in Lagos that the new policy was intended to address the frequent power failures that happened during the examination.
During the testing phase, he added, current centres with desktop PCs might continue to operate if they installed an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).
Oloyede remarked, “Power outages have been interfering with the exam, thus we will no longer register any centers that utilize desktop computers. Before receiving accreditation, every new CBT center must have laptops.
Due to disturbances in university academic calendars, Oloyede disputed rumors that the organization would not administer the 2023 UTME.
Due to the increase in the cost of diesel and other facilities, he suggested that applicants for the 2023 UTME will be required to pay N1,000 rather than the previous N700 to CBT centers. Additionally, he indicated that participants in the mock examination would be required to pay an additional N1,000.
Oloyede noted on the new digital platform that JAMB’s paperless communication mechanism with colleges would start on January 1, 2023.
According to him, the CAPS communication infrastructure has been developed in order to transmit, track, record, and archive admission-related communication.
This will ensure a full transition from a paper-based communication system to a paperless administration. He stated that this will decrease delays in the Board’s most crucial functions, increase efficiency, track communication, and store conversations recordings.
Oloyede noted that JAMB would meet digitally with all postsecondary institutions on November 14 to ensure a seamless transfer.