JAMB Deploy Drone Cameras: The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), has announced plans to deploy drone cameras to 700 identified examination centers to track down irregular activities during exams including malpractices.
The Board’s Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made this known during the second day of meeting with Computer Based Test (CBT) centers operators with the state coordinators of the Board, financial institutions and internet service providers in Zaria, Kaduna State on Thursday, December 19.
He was addressing CBT center operators about their investments with the board when he revealed there are ongoing plans to deploy drone cameras to all the identified 700 examination centers.
According to him: “You have nothing to fear and you should know that, if you put your investments together, it can’t be up to N20bn and we have accrued N20bn in three years as an agency.
“As Agency of government, we have to ensure that small and medium scale businesses strive and if you multiply 11 staff by 700, you will know better. We are also adding value to the economy and job creation out of your employment market and we will continue to support you once you are doing your work well.”
To check registration and examination scandals, the Registrar directed that “all CCTV must be wired, all cameras must cover verification areas, coding areas, walkways, examination hall, server room and entrance and exit in all centers. We will also use drones to monitor the centers.”
In the area of prosecution of those caught in the past he said, “100 candidates caught red-handed are under prosecution – 20 jailed and 80 others are under investigation.
“Last year was for the prosecution of candidates. By the grace of God, it is the turn of CBT centers to be prosecuted. If you do work well, it will reduce the cost of running from one court to the other.”
It was announced that the board has generated N20 billion from University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) between 2016 to 2019.