- JAMB has spoken about the benefits of introducing the use of NIN for the registration of the 2021 UTME
- The examination body is confident that the new measures will resolve impersonation problem
- JAMB vows to go tough on examination malpractice
The Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) has explained why it introduced the use of the National Identity Number (NIN) for the registration of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, on Friday, March 26, said the new policy will help checkmate examination malpractices.
Speaking at a virtual meeting with owners of Computer Based Test Centres and service providers, Oloyede further disclosed that the use of NIN for the UTME was also for security reasons.
“We don’t even require the name of the candidate, we just want the NIN we will then do the needful to pull the data of the candidate and the process will go on from there.’’
“Its for security reasons; for us at our small level it helps us to avoid impersonation but there is a bigger picture of insecurity in the country and we know that many of this problems we have is because we have identification problem, we cannot identify every citizen, where he is and what he is doing.''
Meanwhile, candidates planning to sit for this 2021 UTME and Direct Entry (DE) examination can now accelerate their preparation as the timetable for their examination has been released.
According to JAMB, the UTME would hold from Saturday, 5 to Saturday, 19 June 2021, The Nation reports.
Premium Times added that registration for the examinations will start on Thursday, 8th April to Saturday, 15th May 2021.
In another news, JAMB has paraded two of its staff for extorting potential Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates.
The affected staff, Andy Okoro, an officer in JAMB’s Delta state office had collected the sum of N500,000 from four candidates’ parents with the promise to help them secure university admission.
According to Okoro, he paid his colleague Gambo Ibrahim Abba, a level 8 officer at JAMB headquarters N180,000 to help facilitate their admission.