…Bans invigilators from use of mobile phones in exam halls 

…Reviews guidelines for examination officials 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said it has trained no fewer than 2,000 invigilators ahead of the 2023 Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examinations and Direct Entry examinations. 

The board also noted that the training availed it the opportunity to review the guidelines for proctors and other examination officials.

According to the bulletin published on Monday by the examination board, the training, which was held virtually on Saturday, March 4, 2023, was held simultaneously in three batches across the six geopolitical zones. 

“The first batch comprised Proctors drawn from institutions in the South-West and North-East, while the second and third batches were Proctors from institutions drawn from the South-East/North-Central and North-West/South-South respectively.

The training was part of the Board’s efforts to equip all officials, particularly the Proctors, on the rudiments of computer appreciation and measures to address any technical issues that might arise during the conduct of the examination.

“The training would, among other things, help in ensuring that Proctors familiarise themselves with the rules and regulations of the examination, conform with them and ensure that they display a high sense of moral integrity.”

Also highlighted in the course of the training according to the statement was the need for all examination officials to comport themselves professionally at all times, particularly when addressing cases of malpractice without necessarily causing a commotion in the hall. 

“Furthermore, examination officials were also advised not to engage in any act of extortion of candidates and, at the same time, ensure that candidates are protected from any form of extortion as well. In addition, they are enjoined to arrive promptly at their centres.

“As part of the review exercise, Proctors are also tasked to refrain from bringing their mobile phones into the examination hall, charging such phones in the examination hall or engaging in any communication with outsiders during the examination.

“The Board maintains that all its rules are meant to guide all its examination officials and, as such, they are to be diligently and religiously followed as the success or failure of the examination is contingent upon the disposition and conduct of examination officials.”


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