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2011 UTME: JAMB gives self pass mark

BY CHRIS OCHAYI

ABUJA- Despite the challenge occasioned by  malfunction of the biometric registration technology in the conduct of last Saturday’s 2011 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, yesterday, said the credibility and integrity of the exercise was never in anyway undermined.

Registrar of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, who made the remarks during a review of the just concluded examination, argued that there were bound to be problems, especially with the introduction of the biometric system.

Ojerinde said, in spite of some few incidences that might appear to be negative, nothing serious had been recorded to undermine the integrity of the examination.

Addressing the staff of JAMB, supervisors and UTME co-ordinators in Abuja, the registrar recalled the agenda that was set for staff at the start of the assignment.

According to him, there are bound to be problems, especially with the newly introduced biometric system.
This, he said, was against the backdrop of the pride of place occupied by  human factor in making or marring the process of change management.

He listed some problems encountered in the field to include lukewarm attitude of some officials on ground, seeming compromise on the part of some unscrupulous supervisors and invigilators, late coming and general indiscipline on the part of some of the officials.

The registrar assured that in the near future, his Board would be better focussed by engaging a more superior technology that would tackle the few problems associated with delays.


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