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Aderinola Bunmi
Science Laboratory Technology
Aspirant, Nigeria.

The Computer-Based Test Centres Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria has said that during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, malpractices are sometimes perpetrated with the connivance of some supervisors or workers employed by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

The CBT operators urged the board to monitor its supervisors and workers and to ensure an “open, transparent and competent” recruitment process and hiring of ad hoc hands that would work with it toward the 2020 UTME.

The CPAN President, Mr Maxwell Akwuruoha, stated this during an interview with our correspondent at a symposium held in Abuja.

The CBT operators reportedly lamented the technical challenges experienced during the 2019 UTME, including biometric failure, incompetence of technical workers and malpractices aided by some supervisors.

But the JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, had dismissed the allegations, saying the CBT operators were bitter because the board had failed to respond to their demands.

“We conducted biometric verification for about two million candidates. Every candidate that registered properly was verified. So if we have not verified any candidate, it is not due to biometric failure. It is because some of the candidates registered in centres that were not approved by JAMB and some were blocked for registering more than once.

“And if you talk about examination malpractice, we have been delisting centres found wanting and none of them had ever come with allegations against our workers. Their talk now is because we have refused to yield to their demands,” Benjamin said.

But the CBT operators’ President, Akwuruoha, in an interview with our correspondent, insisted that the board must monitor its supervisors and workers involved in the UTME.

He said, “What we are saying is that in a typical examination environment, you require 10 personnel from JAMB as against two persons expected from the centre. It is not just possible for malpractices to take place without the cooperation of the handlers of the exam.

“Who are the handlers of the examination? They are the JAMB personnel sent down to the centre. That is what we are simply saying. The supervisor is in charge of the exams and where anything goes wrong, the supervisor should take responsibility.

“When malpractices are reported in a CBT centre, the owner of the centre and JAMB personnel are sent there. When the culprits are identified, they should be arrested an prosecuted in court. People should begin to accept responsibility for mandates given to them.

“What we are saying is that after the conduct of the last UTME, the board was reported as saying that it needed 8,000 workers to carry out the UTME exercise annually, despite having a staff strength of 2,000. So there is a need to review the recruitment of JAMB ad hoc workers for the UTME and technicians must be brought in. An open recruitment should be carried out.”

Source: https://punchng.com/cbt-centres-urge-jamb-to-monitor-utme-supervisors/

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