The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the suspension of the University of Benin ICT Computer Based Test (CBT) and eight other partners.
According to JAMB, they were suspended for engaging in an alleged illegal activities bothering on the conduct of CBT.
Other victims are:
- DA Civic Centre, Benin City, Edo State;
- Mardakem Company Ltd., Oron, Akwa Ibom State;
- Bintels Global Services LTD, Aguleri,
- Noble & Shuaib ICT Ltd, Alor, Anambra State
- Global ICT Connect Ltd at the Benue State University, Makurdi;
- Medes ICT Centre, Idepe, Okitipupa, Ondo State;
- Divine Success All CBT Centre, Iseyin, Oyo State
- Riyom ICT Centre, Plateau State.
JAMB it suspended the nine CBT centres for engaging in unauthorised use of registration SIM in a manner it claimed is inimical to candidates’ interest; as well as charging candidates higher than the authorised fee and for engaging in mobile registration.
“The Board had spelt out the cost for each service, from the cost of obtaining the e-pins as reduced by the government, to the cost of the reading texts and charges for registering candidates.
“Before commencing the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration exercise, the Board had convened a meeting of all CBT operators in Lagos, where the guidelines on the exercise was deliberated and laid out for all to adhere to strictly.
“Earlier, the Board reiterated the directive of the Federal Government for the 2019 e-pins to be sold at N3,500, excluding the cost of the reading text, to ensure absolute compliance. The meeting had also resolved that the cost of registration should not exceed N700. Candidates were also to be guided properly on the assistance is required, without collecting any dime from them.
“Unfortunately, findings from the Board’s monitoring exercise, revealed that some centres were charging higher than the stipulated figure directed by the Federal Government and equally agreed on at the Lagos meeting for other charges. The Board finds this very disappointing and has therefore suspended such centres caught in this unholy act from the 2019 exercise,” JAMB said.
It disclosed tha it is currently monitoring closely activities at about 10 centres in Lagos and Plateau states, saying its management would meet on January 28, to take appropriate action on these centres.
The Prof. Oloyede-led JAMB vowed to deal with any centre found running against the stipulated guidelines of the examination body.
JAMB revenue within a week
Also the examination body has disclosed that it made a total sum of N1.3 billion between January 18 and 24, 2019 as revenue.
It said the money ws generated through the ongoing registration for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and other sources including sale and use of its electronic facilities.
According to a bulleting, JAMB made N42,457,657 from the use of its electronic facilities; N1,212,800,000 from UTME registration, N13,378,604 as service charges by the CBT centres and N52,657,00 from other sources.
The revenue would not come without an expenditure, it noted that it recorded an expenditure of N48.3 million through its expenses on staff claims, legal services, payment for utilities, taxes, travelling, among others.
The registration and sales of forms for it continues.