Curbing examination malpractices in Nigeria has always been a long battle. While some students get introduced to examination malpractices at the tender classes of primary school, this practice usually carries on into the secondary and tertiary institutions. In the latest JAMB News, the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has announced steps to curtail examination malpractice.
This new rules and guidelines, which is hoped will curb student cheating, are being introduced ahead of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) exam for 2017. They are as follows;
- Use of CCTV cameras for every CBT centre.
- Use of a hall with 250 functional laptop or desktop computer systems and an additional 25 as a backup. The computers must come with a minimum 15-inch monitors/screens with a connection to robust computer servers that have the requisite capacity to serve 250 systems simultaneously.
- Local Area Networks (LANs) to be used instead of wireless connectivity.
- Use of 26 by 18 inches cubicles.
- Adequate security to be provided through five on-site technical personnel and one network engineer.
- Backup power supply to be provided in the form of a minimum 40KVA generating set for each centre with 250 systems, in addition to Inverters/UPS capable of carrying all systems for two hours minimum.
- A minimum 250-capacity reception facility including canopies and chairs for each facility.
- All the centres must have enclosed premises with functional and sufficient air-conditioners. There should also be up-to-date antivirus, Windows 7 at the minimum, lighting, and so on, at the centres.
It should be recalled that last year in a previous JAMB News, the board revealed a plan to stop the use of scratch cards in favour of pin vending in the 2017 UTME test, with the board also indicating its readiness to stop using general cut-off marks for UTME candidates.