By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA- AHEAD of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination,UTME,billed to commence on March 6,the Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board,JAMB,Prof. Ishaq Oloyede,has expressed hope that the exercise would experience significant improvement over previous ones.
His confidence in the forthcoming examination was sequel to the successful conduct of a mock examination,Monday,across the country which he supervised along some officials of the board in Abuja and environs.
While monitoring the conduct of the mock examination which had a total of 211,000 participants out of the 257,000 that had shown interest to write, he expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the candidates and CBT centres visited.
Oloyede, who introduced mock UTME in 2017 following his appointed to take charge of the tertiary institutions’ examinations body,said it was aimed at allowing prospective candidates acquaint themselves with the Computer Based Test,CBT exercise and douse possible fear and anxiety in them during the proper exercises.
Oloyede said he was also impressed with the reports from state offices, which according to him,showed that the exercise was going on smoothly as planned.
To this end, he encouraged them and privately owned CBT centres to put finishing touches to their preparation for the 2018 UTME exercise.
Meanwhile, the JAMB Registrar, has insisted that items like wristwatches, pens, calculators, pencils, devices that could store data, transmit or receive signal, order than HB pencil, would not be accepted at the CBT centres during the UTME scheduled to begin March 9.
In addition to that, Prof. Oloyede maintained that electronic devices, mobile phones, spy reading glasses would be subjected to properly scrutiny before being allowed into the exam hall.
“Similarly, books or any other reading/writing material, cameras, recorders, microphones, ear piece, ink/pen readers, smart lenses, smart rings/jewellery, smart buttons and Bluetooth devices would not be allowed into the centres,”he said.
He explained that prohibition of the above listed materials and other rules were applicable to, not only the candidates but to the supervisors and examiners.