The decision by Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board barring Cybercafés from participating in the sale of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination form starting January 10, 2019 may have jolted operators.
The board made known the present arrangement after her meeting with the Computer Based Test centres at the University of Lagos, on Thursday.
The Registrar,Prof Is-haq Oloyede maintained that the registration for the UTME would no longer be done at cybercafés but at accredited CBT centres.
According to Oloyede, the policy change requiring only CBT centres to undertake registration of candidates was to end extortion, mixing up of pupils’ data, malpractice, as well as for monitoring purposes.
He said, “Cybercafés overcharge pupils and mix up data which makes pupils suffer. They also do services they don’t have the capacity to do. All these, coupled with the fact that there is no way of tracking them because they were not registered, we have limited registration to CBT centres that can be monitored.
“From now on, all essential services; creation of candidate profile, uploading WAEC and NECO results, collating biometric details, would be done at CBT centres. To reduce the incidence of data mix up prospective candidates will verify their data by fingerprint before it is submitted and printed out.”
Oloyede went on to advise CBT proprietors and managers to maintain the best standards as the board would never fail to sanction non performers. “Even as essential services are restricted to you, you have to look beyond the revenue and deliver quality service because you will be constantly monitored. Even as 80 per cent of CBT centres performed well in 2018. We have eliminated those that didn’t do well. Fifty centres were sanctioned for registration infractions and against 2019, we have 718 accredited CBT centres which will help in spreading digital literacy,” he said.
Moreso, he quipped that the registration forms and processes would span for six weeks while assuring that the 2019 general elections will not affect UTME because the board had adjusted its examination schedule ahead of the election.
Equally, he said the registration portal would make provision for deaf candidates.