The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that it has concluded plans to meet with owners of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in the country over the 2017 UTME.
This information was disclosed by the board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in Lagos on Monday.
Mr. Benjamin explained that the meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at the University of Lagos will address all areas of challenges as they seek to conduct a smooth examination next year.
He said the meeting would determine the number of centres to be used for the exercise.
“These are centres that must have a minimum of 250 and above terminals (computers),’’ the statement said.
“We will not hesitate to disqualify any centre that falls short of the requirements.
“We will equally not compromise on the selection of these centres as they will fully be responsible for our registration and examinations and other related responsibilities that they will be saddled with from time to time as we introduce new measures.”
He further explained that the meeting was necessary for the board to have first-hand information from owners of the centre in other to give them an idea on the challenges they faced.
“As partners in progress, we need to sit down on a round table and tell each other the truth so as to get to the root of all the hiccups.
“We should all feel concerned even if it was just one centre that had challenges or hitches during the conduct of the last examination.
“Nigerians expect a lot from us and we must strive not to fail them.
“We are looking at strengthening what was done holistically to improve on the previous exercises,’’ the statement quoted the board’s Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede as saying.
The board said it was committed to giving Nigerians “globally accepted standard” in the conduct of the examinations, adding that it had been working tirelessly on processes that were connected to the conduct of the examination.
JAMB advised prospective candidates that sale of application forms would commence soon, while advising them not to patronise any self-acclaimed agent as the board had not and would not appoint any.
It urged candidates to always visit the board’s website for information.
It said the board had resolved to give every Nigerian child desirous of tertiary education a level playing ground to compete for the available space in these tertiary institutions.
“We are mindful of the fact that any child that writes in a dysfunctional centre is at disadvantage.
“All candidates must have same conditions, atmosphere and working facilities,’’ the statement said