The Joint Admission Examination Board, JAMB has disclosed that pens, wristwatches and other accessories are banned during the exam starting from year 2018.
The Registrar and Chief Executive of the board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede disclosed this in Lagos while feeding questions from the newsmen at the venue of sensitization for Computer Based Test centre owners on Wednesday.
“What we are doing here today is to appraise the registration and conduct of our past examination and we have taken some lessons from our experience.
“To this end, therefore, we have introduced some measures that will further add to the integrity of the registration process as well as the conduct of the examination proper.
“For instance, we discovered during the conduct of the last examination that some electronic devices such as pens, wristwatches and other devices were used to perpetrate examination malpractice.
“So, for next year, we have banned the use of wristwatches and pens by candidates and other persons in the examination hall.
“We are also going to introduce some detection devices to ensure that those who plan to cheat in the examination hall are frustrated, as we will also jam (communication network) of the centres,” he said.
He noted that registration for the 2018 exercise will commence next year will commence before the end of November.
He added “We are planning to meet with all stakeholders on November 15 and the sale of the registration document will definitely commence before the end of this month.
“But before that, we expect candidates to go and download our app, go to our website and download the syllabus and brochure so that they can now study the process.
“This is in order to minimise the errors that usually occur during the registration process,” he said.
The JAMB boss added that no fewer than 617 centres have been accredited nationwide for the exercise.
“We are still considering about 60 more centres as we have their applications waiting for consideration.
“However, a total of 72 centres nationwide have earlier been delisted owing to their involvement in some infractions and they remain delisted.”
On the board’s plan to construct mega CBT centres for its examinations, Oloyede said: “The mega centre plan is still on, we said that last year.
“But the process of planning will take some time.
“There will be design, there will be contact with private operators, just as there will be advertisements and also due process will be followed,” he said.