The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Thursday in Katsina said it will welcome application from qualified business centers willing to establish Computer Based Test centers, CBT, that could be deployed to use in the conduct of unified tertiary matriculation examinations, UTME
The state coordinator of JAMB, Isyaku Mohammed Kankia told the Correspondent in an exclusive interview in his office, that the present number of CBT center which he put about 7, is grossly inadequate and cannot take over 25,000 applicants expected to write the UTME exams from the state each year.
He said ‘’the 7 CBT centers presently located as follows: Daura 2,Funtua,Malumfashi and Kusada one each, and Dutsin-Ma 2 ,are grossly inadequate so we invite more qualified applicants for CBT centers to come forward’’
The JAMB boss further admonished applicants for the UTME exams to embrace the various innovations introduced by the management of the board, especially during registration and processing of applications for admission, to ensure a hitch free admission exercise
He said ’’intending applicants must during registration, ensure the posses valid email address, functional telephone lines which they can even source from close relatives in case they don’t have. There is no registration by proxy, because of data capturing’’
‘’Awaiting results must quickly come forward to upload their results as soon as they were released by the various examination bodies’’
Reviewing the conducts of the last UTME exercise, especially with the flood gate of complaints particularly from two CBT centers in the state capital, the cordinator adduced some reasons that usually occasioned complaints of missing center numbers and candidates not finding their examination centers to include; mistakes made at the registration points by candidates, poor finger print capturing, and poor profile creation by candidates and re-selling of pin by candidates
Kankia further admitted that some of the challenges facing JAMB in Katsina state include awareness and adequate knowledge of the various innovations and technology introduced by the examination body
He said ’’we are presently reaching out to relevant stakeholders to create better awareness level on our activities through visits to media houses, schools, traditional rulers and allied agencies. This is because when candidates are well informed about the innovations taking place in JAMB the better for a seamless service delivery’’
He admonished candidates to discourage second hand information and that when in doubt about the activities of the board ,they should approach the office for clarification.