As the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) prepares to conduct the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the board has again maintained its directive that no candidates would be allowed to come into the exam hall with electronic devices.

The board made this known in its weekly bulletin obtained by journalists on Monday, March 11, 2019.

The board in its weekly bulletin listed at least 19 items which it said remained prohibited for over 1.8 million candidates taking the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The board also revealed that candidates who breached the directives would be disallowed from taking the UTME.

The bulletin reads in part: “To ensure that our examinations meet best global practices, the board has prohibited the use of the following items during its exams. They are watches, pen or biros, mobile phones, or similar electronic devices, spy reading glasses, calculators, hard disks, or similar storage devices, books or any reading material, cameras, recorders and microphones.

“Others are ear piece, ink or pen readers, smart lenses, smart ring or jewellery, smart buttons, bluetooth devices, key holders, eraser and Automated Teller Machine Card,” the board added.

The board said it would continue to strive to eliminate unwholesome practices during its examinations, which necessitated the biometric verification of candidates to curb impersonation as well as introduction of Closed-Circuit Television cameras to its centres nationwide.

 “The search for a reliable assessment model after the traumatic experiences with Paper and Pencil Test hitherto used by the board led to the adoption of the Computer-Based Test. The paper format was jettisoned because it was characterised by different forms of examination malpractices.

“We believe that by offering highly competitive method electronically at approved testing centres, candidates and other stakeholders would continue to benefit from increased access and flexibility for immediate grading among other benefits. The CBT being administered by the board is a dynamic and individualised assessment tool designed in line with global best practices,” the board said.

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