The tenure of professor Ishaq Oloyede as Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) expires tomorrow. Oloyede was appointed in August, 2016. Since his appointment, he has been carrying out reforms in the board
Prior to 2017, registration for the Unified Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) was done with scratch cards. Oloyede introduced the use of PIN for registration. This improved accountability in the system.
Oloyede also created a novel step in the registration process. With this development, candidates needed to create their own profile. Before 2017, candidates just needed to buy registration cards and go to the registration centres. The computer operator at the centre may make mistakes in the registration process. Creation of profile enabled candidates to take control of the personal data stage of the process. After creating profile, the candidate may then purchase registration PIN to complete the registration process. Oloyede further consolidated the profile creation stage by tying the phone number of each candidate to his/her profile. To further strengthen this stage, Oloyede made candidates to tie their profiles to their National Identification Numbers. With this approach, candidates will have their personal data imported from NIMC servers.
Oloyede also introduced the mock UTME. The mock examination is intended to help candidates to assess themselves. It also helps the board to find out the degree of preparedness of the Computer Based Test (CBT) centres.
In order to reduce the chances of unwholesome practices during the main examination, JAMB (under Ishaq Oloyede) enforced the use of CCTV cameras in all registration and test centres. Any fraudulent act that is not discovered during the examination may still found out from the CCTV footages.
He also introduced the use of biometrics to confirm any change of data on candidates' profile. The essence of biometrics is to prevent unscrupulous computer operators from changing candidate' data indiscriminately. Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 in 2020, the use of biometrics was replaced with OTP (sent to the registered phone number of the candidate requesting change).
There is no doubt that Oloyede brought a lot of changes to the the examination body.
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