The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Examinations Board (JAMB) has said it will introduce an initiative called ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) for the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) and the Direct Entry (DE) examination.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Abuja on Saturday at the 2023 Policy Meeting.
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The initiative, according to JAMB, would allow candidates to take the examinations on their mobile phones.
He said the Board has continued to spend huge amounts of money on the conduct of examinations, hence the need for the new initiative.
“We are looking at BYOD – the direction for JAMB Students to bring their telephones. It lowers capital investment but is not helpful for digital literacy. There will be the establishment of a Mobile Examination Malpractice Tribunal to deal with the criminal aspect while institutions handle the misconduct.
“We will be partnering with security operatives and relevant agencies on cyber crimes; engaging the machinery and sponsoring them to tap from their knowledge of candidates.
“Movement of some services to the registration portal to prevent extortion, Open Book Examination to Discourage cheating,” the Registrar stated.
For the 2023 UTME, Oloyede also disclosed that Umeh Nkechinyere emerged the top scorer with a cumulative mark of 360.
The JAMB boss also unveiled the top 10 candidates, among whom are Aguele Stephen, 358; Ositade Oluwafemi, 358; Gbolahan Ayinde, 357; John Fulfilment, 356; Chimdubem Ugonna, 355, among others.