The operators of Computer-Based Test Centres across the nation smile to the deposit money banks as the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB) confirms payment of about one billion(N1bn)Naira for service rendered in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
The confirmation of payment came from the board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin,on Sunday in Lagos.
Fabian, states that the prompt payment is targeted at promoting and sustaining cordial working relationship with stakeholders involved in the conduct of its annual examinations.
“We have just paid over N1 billion to all owners of CBT centres used in the conduct of our 2018 UTME.
“Centre owners that gave us quality service during our examination have all been commended for a job well done and we have reciprocated by effecting payments.
“However, we discovered that some centres could not live up to their responsibilities as a result of some technical issues,” he said.
According to him, candidates that are scheduled for the examination in such centres are relocated to new centres which will now be paid for their services.
“In some others on watching the footage of the CCTV cameras at the centres after the examination, we discovered operators or owners of such centres colluded with some candidates to cheat.
“These categories of centre owners cannot be paid. Currently too, the board has embarked on a mop-up exercise for candidates with biometric issues and other related issues that was no fault of theirs during the conduct of the examination.
“Apart from the biometric issues, some candidates innocently found themselves in some centres that colluded with candidates to cheat in the examination.
“In such cases, it will be wrong to cancel the entire results of the candidates. All such innocent candidates will be singled out and be given the opportunity of re-taking the exam.
“As a responsive organisation, we will continue to ensure that every candidate is given a right to access higher education,” Benjamin said.