Thursday, June 16, 2011

Biometric fingerprint for 2011 UTME – JAMB

In its bid to embrace technology, Biometric finger print has been introduced as announced by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, (UTME 2011).Registrar of JAMB, Dibu Ojerinde said on Wednesday in Abuja that this was part of their strategies to curb incidence of examination malpractice.
“The Board introduced biometric finger print to check impersonation, lateness and for identification of candidates before admitting them for the examination,” said Mr Ojerinde. “Consequently, the Board has successfully carried out a pilot scheme aimed at test-running the biometric verification, validity and reliability.”

Mr. Ojerinde advised the candidates to note that the thumb-printing done during registration would be repeated at all the examination centres saying that those who “forget their thumbs and fingers” will not be admitted into the examination.

The “system” according to him “has been designed to separate the candidates on the basis of centres hence if a candidate is not registered in a particular centre; he or she cannot be captured against that centre and can only be where the candidate is registered.”

To be admitted for the examination, candidates are expected to have printed their examination e-slip on-line after their registration. The e-slip contains information like the registration number, examination numbers and examination towns and centres. The slips will be used for identification and Mr Ojerinde explained that candidates are not expected to come to the exam centres with all forms of writing materials, as such would be provided by the JAMB.

The activities of invigilators that encourage malpractice were also brought to the fore as the Registrar advised them to see the responsibility as a national assignment, to revamp the educational sector, adding that the Board was determined to ensure a credible and successful UTME by making sure that all officials engaged in the conduct of the examination were held culpable for any lapses during the exercise.

About 26 candidates were exempted from the biometric finger-print screening. “The exempted candidates are not required to thumb-print, but they shall be verified with their registration number.”

The examination is scheduled to hold on Saturday, 18 June 2011 in 331 centres in Nigeria and six foreign centres in Accra, Ghana; Buea, the Republic of Cameroun; Cotonou, the Republic of Benin; London, United Kingdom; Jedda, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination represents a merger of both the scrapped Universities Matriculation Examination and the Polytechnics and Monotechnics Matriculation examinations.

It means that candidates that sit for UTME can seek admission to universities, polytechnics and monotechnics with the same result.

The Board also revealed that a total of one million, four hundred and ninety-three thousand, six hundred and three candidates registered for the 2011 UTME, but as against a total of one million, three hundred and seventy-five thousand, six hundred and forty-two candidates who registered for the examination in 2010.

This represents an increase of 117,961, while a total of 160 visually impaired candidates also registered for the 2011 examination.

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