The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board on Thursday said that the registration for the (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination) UTME would no longer be done at cybercafés but at accredited CBT centres.
The board also announced that it will commence the sale of the UTME form to candidates on January 10, 2019.
This was made known during a meeting between JAMB and Computer Based Test centres at the University of Lagos, on Thursday, where the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, also said the registration for the UTME would no longer be done at cybercafés but at accredited CBT centres.
Oloyede stated that limiting of registration of candidates to only approved CBT centres was to end extortion of candidates, mixing up of pupils’ data, malpractice, as well as for monitoring purposes.
He said, “Cybercafés overcharge pupils and mix up data which makes pupils suffer. They also do services they don’t have the capacity to do. All these, coupled with the fact that there is no way of tracking them because they were not registered, we have limited registration to CBT centres that can be monitored.
“From now on, all essential services; creation of candidate profile, uploading WAEC and NECO results, collating biometric details, would be done at CBT centres. To reduce the incidence of data mix up prospective candidates will verify their data by fingerprint before it is submitted and printed out.”
The registrar, however, advised CBT proprietors and managers to maintain the highest standards as he threatened to weed out non-performers.
“Even as essential services are restricted to you, you have to look beyond the revenue and deliver quality service because you will be constantly monitored. Even as 80 percent of CBT centres performed well in 2018.