Owners of centres
used for this year’s University Matriculation and Tertiary Examination (UMTE) Computer-Based Test (CBT) examinations have cried out that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) under-paid them at the end of the exercise.
In an investigation carried out by The Tide, some of the centre owners alleged that while they were paid N600 per candidate, JAMB made them to spend more than what they were paid.
Some of them explained that in order for them to qualify as a centre, JAMB made them provide such facilities as Visat software for uploading JAMB question paper, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) monitor, desktop computers, and also more technical staff to enhance officiating the exams.
“We invested so much in order to be approved as centres. But at the end of the day, we couldn’t even afford to pay technical staff we had to employ in order to execute the exams. The money JAMB paid us was too meager”, one of them said.
When contacted, the zonal coordinator of JAMB in Port Harcourt, Mrs. Beatrice Etta-Nyiam, debunked the allegations by the centre owners, noting that at the end of the day some of the centres only contributed to the challenges JAMB faced during the CBT exams.
“We gave them conditions that must be met before their centres will be approved, and it is this criteria that we used in our dealings with them, which are legal”, she said.
Mrs. Etta-Nyiam listed the conditions to include that each of the centres should have functional desktop computers or cable LAN, competent technical/security and administrative personnel and an effective cooling system.
Others are that the centres must have anti-virus and moxilla fire fox browser, UPS or inverter, and efficient/reliable lighting system.
The implication of this, the zonal coordinator explained, was that they (centre owners) accepted these and other conditions as well as the payment of N600 per candidate, hence “their allegation of being under-paid is not true”, she said.
Stories by Sogbeba Dokubo