Ahead of the March 14 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination, the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, has concluded arrangements to minimise cyber crime by deploying experts to monitor the 2020 examination in more than 700 Computer-Based Test Centres nationwide.
The CPN stated this during a briefing held by its President, Prof Charles Uwadia, in Abuja to announce its activities for the year and its plan for the adoption of the fifth-generation wireless, 5G.
Uwadia said, “We are technical partners with JAMB. We had an arrangement since last year and the board has appointed us to monitor CBT centres. The centres are not directly registered with the CPN. They are registered by JAMB, but we have been appointed to verify and monitor the output at the centres.
“To this end, we have appointed professionals to man each CBT centre nationwide. This means that we have about 700 professionals manning the CBT centres and they will give us feedbacks. The feedbacks will be sent JAMB as a report in order to ensure a seamless conduct of the examination.
“So this is the collaboration between us in terms of ensuring professionalism and competence.” The CPN Registrar, Mr Allwell Achumba, added that the council was responsible for the accreditation of computer programmes and courses in universities, as well as other tertiary institutions.
Achumba added that it was mandatory for all persons in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering to be certified.
The JAMB had said on Sunday, in its weekly bulletin that, with two weeks to the deadline, more than 1.2 million candidates had so far registered for the 2020 UTME.
The board added that while about 47 CBT centres had been suspended for cybercrimes, technical hitches, extortion and other infractions, efforts were ongoing to apprehend other fraudsters and syndicates defrauding the candidates.