Over 1.5 million candidates to write Saturday’s JAMB examination – Registrar

Candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations organised by JAMB The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) said that it will go ahead with the conduct of the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in all states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory despite the insecurity in some parts of the country.

At a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, the Registrar of the board, Dibu Ojerinde debunked rumours that the examinations would not be conducted in some northern states owing to incessant bombings in the area.

He also announced the deployment of over ten thousand security personnel for this weekend’s nationwide examination exercise.

Mr Ojerinde also said that a total of 1, 503, 931 candidates have registered to take part in the examination.

According to the Registrar, this is the highest number of registered candidates the board has recorded since inception.

He said this year’s figure was a marginal increase of 10,338 candidates over the 2011 figure, as against an increase of 117,961 candidates recorded in 2011 over the 2010 figure.

He said that the examination would hold simultaneously in 375 towns in the country and in Ghana, Cameroun, Republic of Benin, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.

“It is worthy to note that there is a remarkable increase in the number of registered candidates in all our foreign centres
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“No doubt this underscores the acceptability of our tertiary educational system around the world. Many Nigerians are wishing to come back home for tertiary education,” Mr Ojerinde said.

The JAMB boss said that examination body have engaged the services of independent examination watch groups to monitor this weekend examination. He warned supervisors and invigilators to adhere strictly to instructions during the exercise.

Mr Ojerinde said that he is confident that Saturday’s examination would be hitch free across all states in Nigeria.

Boko Haram: JAMB may cancel examination in Borno

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has said there will be no Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in the volatile states in northern Nigeria.

Prof Ojerinde said this on Friday in Abuja while speaking with reporters at the 58th National Council on Education (NEC) meeting.

According to him, JAMB will be forced to cancel the examination if the Boko Haram attacks on primary and secondary schools in Borno State continue.

“When we reviewed the situation in volatile states, for instance Borno, we realised that some of the schools are being bombed, but our investigations showed that only primary schools are affected and not secondary schools.

“The board will be left with no option than to tell the candidates to go elsewhere to write the exams if schools which serve as centres are attacked.’’
The registrar regretted that the development could be quite unfortunate for the students.

Agency reports had it that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram had last month attacked six primary schools in Maiduguri, setting the Gomari Costain Primary School and a section of the Maiduguri Experimental School, Kawanar on fire.

JAMB have fixed Saturday March 24th as the date for the examination.

JAMB threatens to invoke 7years jail term for examination malpractice

The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde has declared that the board will invoke the punishment of a seven-year jail threat for any student caught for examination malpractices.

This is coming weeks to the annual exams into Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

Addressing heads of tertiary institutions from thirteen African countries at the International Association on Education Assessment training on Item Response Theory, Prof Ojerinde warned officials and candidates that the jail term without option of fine is to serve as deterrent to anyone caught for examination malpractices.

Affirming JAMB’s commitment to zero-tolerance for exam malpractices, Prof Ojerinde stated that “the board will continue to champion innovations that will underscore the board’s zero tolerance for non-adherence or impersonators.” He also noted that another difference will be implemented in the assessment procedure of this year’s JAMB exam.

Decree 20 of 1984 stipulated that anyone convicted for examination mal-practice should serve a 21-year jail term. However, the Examination Malpractice Act 33 of 1999 has replaced the decree with a law which stipulates that any offender is liable to a fine of between N50, 000 and N100, 000 and a three-four-year jail term with or without option of fine.

Delegates from thirteen African countries are attending the training on item response theory in Abuja. “After two weeks of training in Abuja, on an emerging assessment theory called the Item Response theory, JAMB looks to make tangible implementations. Jamb is also capitalizing on these various innovations to ensure objective assessments in examinations” said Professor Ojerinde

The Professor also stated that JAMB is moving to the era of e-Testing in designing questions for the examination. “We are moving towards what is called e-testing. This is the first time that African countries are coming to experience this type of training and it will definitely help us in the type of questions we give to the students and the type of assessment we give and our professional competence as examination” he said.