NEWS >>> MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENTS OF JAMB FROM 2007 – DATE
In 2007, Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde OON was appointed the Registrar/Chief executive of the Board. Before now, he was the pioneer Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO) who midwifed the organization into a credible and internationally recognized testing body. His appointment as Registrar/Chief Executive, JAMB was heralded and the expectation was that as the first Professor of educational measurement, he will bring to bear his vast experience in testing to the Board and this he has done in various ways through the giant strides he has accomplished since he took over the mantle of leadership of the Board.
In view of these numerous achievements and successes recorded and which are very tangible, in this section of this work, we shall look at these achievements and tag them as milestones of the ‘Dibu Ojerinde’s administration.
It is of note to state that in view of the success of the Board, Prof Ojerinde’s tenure was renewed in 2012 by the President and Commander in chief of the Federal republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR.
- The Registrar introduced a system of biometric data capture of staff of the Board for the purpose of security, monitoring of attendance and movements.
- In order to enhance examination security and check impersonation and some other forms of examination breaches, biometric capture after candidates data was introduced and this was very effective in checking security clearance of candidates before permitting them into the examination halls.
- In 2007, the Registrar/Chief Executive pleasantly shocked the nation when the results of the 2007 UME were released within two weeks after the examination. This was unprecedented in the history of the Board. Before then, the results were ordinarily released 2-3months after the conduct of the examination. The Board was highly commended by the public and in government circles including letters of commendation by Hon. Minister of Education.
- In 2010, the Board merged the two examinations conducted by the Board. The universities matriculation Examination and the Monotechnics, polytechnics and colleges of education matriculation examination were unified into one examination known as unified tertiary matriculation examination(UTME). This was aimed at reducing wastages, cost on candidates, enabling seamless admission etc.
- All senior staff of the Board were empowered with I.T. equipment including desktops and laptops. In doing this, several staff have been trained both locally and in many overseas institutions on I.T. designed platforms.