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Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB Sets New Guidelines Ahead of 2023 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has stated it will issue revised regulations for the administration of the UTME
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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that revised regulations for the administration of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will be issued.

JAMB Sets New Guidelines Ahead of 2023 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has mandated that all Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres use laptop computers with at least 2 gigabytes (2GB) of RAM to administer the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board also forbids CBT centres from collaborating with cyber cafes or tutorial centres, stating that "any violation of the directive, whether in part or in whole, would result in the revocation of the erring CBT centre's licence."

JAMB also stated that it will consider separating UTME registration from Direct Entry (DE) beginning in 2023.

These are excerpts from the new guidelines published in the board's weekly bulletin on Monday.

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According to the statement, the new developments were announced at the conclusion of a five-day retreat held in Abuja between Monday, September 19th and Friday, September 23rd.

"No new Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre will be accredited unless the new requirements are met," according to JAMB. As a result, new CBT centres will only accept laptop computers as clients; no thin clients or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) will be accepted.

"In order to achieve far-reaching improvements on various issues arising from the registration process, biometric challenges, and other operational procedures, the board's operations had to be modified."

To ensure that CBT centres are ready, JAMB announced three mandatory Autobot tests: pre-accreditation, during Mock-UTME, and the dummy examination (held a day before the UTME).

"Another important factor in the decision was the need to prevent IP address duplication and abuse," the statement continued.

JAMB Registrar Ishaq Oloyede also stated that all accredited CBT centre registration officers' biometrics would be collected before the exam.

Candidates must also print their registration slips with at least two fingers, according to JAMB. "Any of the two fingers taken would be used for biometric verification prior to entering the examination hall on the day of the examination," it said.

Bad fingerprints

Candidates with bad fingerprints will be scheduled as "Exemption Candidates" at the registration point, and their registration slips will be colour-coded to differentiate them from other candidates.

According to JAMB, such candidates will take their exams in Abuja on the final day of the national examination calendar, and their results will not be released until thoroughly scrutinised.

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