THE Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Thursday, warned prospective candidates in the forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Nasarawa State, to stop registering at cyber-cafes, saying majority of the operators are fraudulent.
The board has approved four computer centers in Nasarawa state for registration of candidate for the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The approved center are; Federal University, Lafia; Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa; as well as Biham University, Karu and Ejade Computer Training Institute, New-Nyanya.
The administrative officer in charge of the board in the state, Shehu Salihu, who stated this in Lafia, then warned the operators of the cyber-cafes in the state, who had made fraud their daily routine to, henceforth, desist from such act or face the music.
He advised prospective candidates against using other cyber cafes to register, pointing out that only the four centres and JAMB office in Lafia were approved for that purpose.
According to him, “any candidate, who defies this warning and registers at cyber-cafés, must be ready to face the consequence. I, therefore, call on all the prospective candidates not to register in any cyber cafe in order to ensure the genuineness of their registration and avoid problems.”
Salihu, who explained that the 2015 UTME examination would purely be computer-based, said that the board was working in collaboration with security agencies with a view to curtailing the unapproved activities of cyber- cafes in the state.
He said the board would work in collaboration with security agencies to curtail illegal activities of cyber cafes.
He said the board had introduced new innovation into the system and under the new arrangement, special candidates such as visually impaired would be given five hours as against three hours during the their examinations.
Some of the candidates, who turned up for registration at the JAMB office in Lafia, however, told our correspondent that they were encountering difficulties in registering.
One of the candidates, Abdul Musa, who spoke with our Correspondent lamented that the action of JAMB to be registering in four designated centers might not work out because of number of candidates, seeking admission into tertiary institutions annually. He called for reversal to the old mode of registration which they said was not cumbersome.
Shedrack Wudi, who had just registered, told schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine that he had been trying to get registered in the past one week, but only got lucky on Thursday.
He said this was because the approved centres were not enough to handle the stream of candidates and demanded that other cyber cafes should be accredited and allowed to register candidates.
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