THE Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, explained yesterday that the result of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) could be valid for two years, if there was aptitude test.
The JAMB boss spoke in Abuja at the 11th seminar of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
He noted that the aptitude test was different from achievement test, adding: “Achievement test is what we are doing now. We have a syllabus.”
Ojerinde said JAMB had secured 375 centres for next year’s UTME, adding that government was planning to give the board 109 additional centres.
He noted that last year, JAMB used 156 centres to conduct the UTME.
Ojerinde said in the nearest future, JAMB would use Iris of the eye to verify candidates.
“In two years time, everywhere in Nigeria will be full of centres. Very soon, UTME examinations will be done individually between January and December,” the JAMB boss said.
He lamented that some universities were not using the JAMB album sent to them to verify candidates given admission letters.
He noted that candidates were losing billions of naira yearly for not filling forms properly.
He warned: “Parents should also stop hiring mercenaries to write examinations for their wards. Some candidates hide exhibits in private parts.”
ICPC Chairman Ekpo Nta said security operatives alone could not fight corruption, adding that all hands must be on deck to do the right thing and report corrupt activities.
He said the forum derived its legal framework from section 6 (b-f) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, which empowers the commission to prevent corruption through system studies and reviews of government agencies.