Nigeria Deploys CCTV To Monitor Exam Students As Malpractices Go Mobile And Digital

Nigeria Deploys CCTV To Monitor Exam Students As Malpractices Go Mobile And Digital

Interesting. Technology is making its way into many areas in Nigeria. Now students taking exams can be monitored with Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras. Of course, no one expects privacy in that kind of situation.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it is monitoring the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), through its central CCTV cameras in Abuja.

Its Niger Coordinator, Mr Muhammed Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Minna that all the examination centres were linked to the CCTV.

“Our staff, candidates and supervisors in all examination centres are being watched and recorded; it is part of our efforts to reduce or eliminate malpractices in the conduct of the test,” he said.

JAMB Registrar Ishaq Oloyede said recently that 1.736 million candidates registered for the 2017 UTME, signifying a sharp rise in people seeking university admission when compared with the 1,272,284 candidates that wrote the test in 2016.

In near future, WAEC may demand all exam centers to be wired with CCTV before they can be approved. In reality, government does not have a lot of options as malpractice has gone digital and mobile. This means new actions must be taken to ensure the integrity of exams.

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