The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shut down five Computer-Based Test (CBT) Centres in Ondo State for their involvements in examination malpractices.
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of the examination board, disclosed this at a meeting with the Executive Governor of the state, Rotomi Akeredolu, in Akure.
Oloyede said only few of the privately-owned CBT centres adhered to high ethical standards demanded by the board.
According to findings made available to schoolworld, JAMB Registrar met with Akeredolu to seek approval for the construction of a mega CBT centre for the state in the Alagbaka Estate, Government Reseraved Area.
“There are 17 CBT centres in the state, out of which five have been suspended for various infractions during the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
“Since the number of the CBT centres in the state is grossly inadequate, there is a need to commence the immediate construction of a modern, well-equipped mega CBT centre to cater to the needs of the teeming population of UTME candidates.
“The land earlier allocated to the board for the mega CBT centre is inadequate to house the various technical and ancillary facilities like banks, to mention a few, required by JAMB for efficient service delivery.
“The land is located in an isolated area which will expose candidates to untold hardship,” the Registrar stated.
Akeredolu, in his remarks, stated that his administration had granted JAMB’s requests and urged the board to be more diligent in their responsibilities.