In a groundbreaking move, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Examinations (JAMB) is contemplating the introduction of a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) initiative for the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) and Direct Entry Examinations (DE). This development, announced by JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, during the ongoing 2023 policy meeting at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja, aims to enable candidates to take their exams using their mobile phones. The move is driven by the need to reduce costs associated with exam conduct and embrace the digital era.
Acknowledging the substantial financial resources expended on examination administration, Prof. Oloyede expressed the intention to explore the BYOD concept. By leveraging candidates’ personal devices, JAMB aims to alleviate the capital investment burden while focusing on promoting digital literacy. However, it is worth noting that this approach may present challenges in terms of exam integrity.
To address potential malpractice issues, JAMB plans to establish a mobile examinational malpractice tribunal dedicated to dealing with criminal offenses, while educational institutions would handle cases of misconduct. Collaborating with security agencies and cybercrime experts, the board intends to tap into their knowledge to enhance security measures and combat cheating during exams. Additionally, certain services will be shifted to the registration portal to prevent extortion, and an open book examination format may be introduced to discourage dishonest practices.
JAMB’s progressive decision aligns with a broader initiative to foster a single identity for all citizens, in collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). This integration aims to minimize impersonation cases and ensure the credibility of the examination process.
As JAMB pioneers this digital shift, it represents a significant step forward in the realm of education and assessment. By harnessing the power of mobile technology, the board strives to enhance accessibility, streamline operations, and adapt to the evolving needs of candidates.
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