As the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) takes place on Saturday, June 18, 2011, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is finalising its arrangements to ensure a hitch-free examination.
The postponement was as a result of the coinciding date with the National Examination Council (NECO) exams, which also fell on the 11th of June, 2011
A total of 2,823 examination centres have been earmarked nationwide for the exam and it is estimated that at least three civil defence corps operatives would operate in each of the examination centres.
The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the board, Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde, had solicited the assistance the Nigerian Securities and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to deploy its men to guarantee adequate security at all centres.
Ojerinde who expressed confidence in NSCDC, noted that the experienced personnel in the civil defence corps familiar with the rule of engagement in UTME would bring their experiences to bear.
The registrar, challenged the corps personnel who will be working with JAMB to master the art of using hand-held scanners as experience had shown that some corps operatives would be actively involved in body scanning exercise before the candidates would enter examination halls.
He enjoined them to attend the forthcoming briefing with the UTME coordinators and other preparatory sessions as it would afford them the opportunity to understand the biometric ‘thumb-printing system which would be used at this year’s examination.
He informed the NSCDC boss, that JAMB would streamline responsibilities between it and the Nigeria Police Force, adding that the Police had shown positive response to the board’s request to help prosecute any student caught cheating.
Responding, the NSCDC boss, Deputy Commandant-General, Evans Ewurum, pointed out that he was not against working with any other security agency but was quick to add that “let there be well defined division of labour to which roles are clearly defined”
Ewurum lamented the worrisome trend of examination malpractice in public examinations and charged all the relevant stakeholders in the industry to join hands to combat the problem.