Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is contemplating a new policy where candidates wishing to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would be required to use their personal phone devices to take the examination.
The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede who made the disclosure on Saturday, in Abuja while speaking at the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria, hinged the proposed policy on the rising cost of logistics in taking the UTME nationwide.
According to Oloyede, it cost the Board over N1.2billion to equip a CBT centre in Kaduna state, particularly in procuring computers which candidates use to take the examination.
The policy which falls under the “Bring Your Own Device” may require candidates wishing to take UTME in the future to bring their own devices to the examination hall.
Oloyede lamented the crave for university education among candidates at the detriment of polytechnics and colleges of education.
While condemning the wide disparity in admission quotas in the country, he urged aspiring undergraduates to explore other options within the tertiary education sector