JAMB shuts down many examination centres in Bayelsa

Jamb has shut down seven examination centres in Bayelsa State
Ernest Sunday

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shut down over seven examination centres in Bayelsa State for allegedly violating the rules and regulations stipulated by the board.

The Shutdown of the centres was revealed by the State Coordinator of JAMB, Abdusalam Mohammed during a visit to the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

The event took place at the Ernest Sese Ikoli Press Centre in Yenagoa, the state capital.

According to Mohammed, some of the centres tampered with the Virtual Private Network (VPN) of their routers by duplicating it in other places while others overcharged its candidates from the normal price they suppose to charge.

He said: “Initially, Bayelsa State had 11 examination centres. So far, seven of this number have been delisted from our platform for various infractions.

The owners of some of these centres tampered with the VPN of our router and that is a very big offence.

“They duplicated the VPN by moving the router from one location to another location where they did whatever they liked. This is a very big offence. Others were delisted for overcharging candidates.

“During registration, we sent out a monitoring team, and they came back with the report that candidates were charged N5,000 for a service that should ordinarily cost N2,500.”

The delisting of these centres will leave over 24,000 candidates with only four examination centres to write their examination.

Mohammed also addressed the new strategies the board has devised in the COVID-19 period regarding its registration.

He said: “Even before the lockdown was lifted, we had started training our workers on how to attend to candidates. We have also embarked on sensitisation of candidates and provided personal prevention equipment.

“To reduce the crowd at our office during registration, we have introduced what we call ‘appointment for candidates’. This means that candidates can only come to us when they have an appointment.

The intention is to reduce body contact between workers and candidates.

“Before Coronavirus, we used to do what is called thumb-printing for candidates during registration, but that has been stopped in order not to spread the virus. What we now do is that a One-Time Password (OTP) is sent to the candidate.

"That will now verify the candidate as the original owner of that particular application.

“In the past, it was difficult to have 20,000 candidates for JAMB, but this year, the number has skyrocketed to over 24, 000 candidates, meaning that there is an improvement in the enrolment of students in Bayelsa.

"However, in Bayelsa, awareness of our activities is low, so that is why we have come to visit you.”

Bayelsa State NUT Chairman Samuel Numonengi condemned the action of the operatives of the delisted centres and said that they did not push for the good future of Bayelsa State.

Numonengi said: “We cannot stand people jeopardising the future of our children in Bayelsa State.

"So, it is on this note I want to join you to condemn their actions and encourage parents and candidates to stand up against any form of infraction perpetrated by these individuals that have questionable character.”

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