JAMB Suspends Compulsory NIN Requirement For 2020 UTME

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for candidates sitting for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) until 2021.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, had disclosed that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will have registration centres around computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country for candidates who do not have the NIN to avoid difficulties in registering and writing the examination.

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Prof. Oloyede, during a meeting with commissioners of education from the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders, stressed that the need to introduce the initiative was based on the law made by the National Assembly, and anybody that fails to implement the NIN is liable on conviction.

The decision to suspend the process is coming on the heels of criticisms about the timing of the new policy by the examination body and the difficulty in obtaining the NIN.

Prof. Oloyede who stated this during a press briefing said the decision to suspend the policy is to allow enough time for candidates to acquire their NIN.

Registration for the 2020 JAMB UTME is expected to commence on January 13, and it stated that candidates can now apply with or without the NIN.

UTME prospective candidates since the announcement by JAMB had stormed the NIMC office on a daily basis in a bid to get their registration done.

Queues formed at the entrance of the NIMC office by an influx of candidates were seen at all centres as the date for the examination fast approached.

Some prospective candidates who spoke to Channels Television lamented the stress they had to go through in registering, stating that the availability of computers was a major concern.

2020 UTME: JAMB Laments Rise In Tutorial Centre

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has decried the rise in tutorial centres across the country, stressing that the increase will promote examination malpractice.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this at a meeting with commissioners of education from the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders on Monday in Abuja, revealed that most of the centres are run by people without a secondary school leaving certificate.

“The proliferation of tutorial centres; any state you go to, somebody who does not possess school certificate, will establish a tutorial centre, these centres are places of examination malpractice.”

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The JAMB boss also enlightened the commissioners on the need to introduce the National Identification Number for candidates sitting for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

“We are bringing in NIMC, frankly speaking, I did not make the law, it’s the National Assembly that made the law and said that anybody who is rendering the type of service we are rendering must demand NIN, and anybody that fails to implement the NIN is liable on conviction.

“Left to me, I am not doing it because the law, I am doing it because it is the right thing to do. I am convinced that it is the right thing and that’s why I am sticking with it.

“It will be difficult, but if we don’t face it today, we are sentencing these boys and girls to a future that is bleaker than our own.”

Stressing further, Prof Oloyede explained that the computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country, have been mapped with the NIN and candidates who already have, will not encounter difficulties in writing the examination.

“What we have done is that each of our CBT centres have been mapped to NIMC registration centre; if you have NIN, you just go straight and start your registration, but for those without NIN, we are now making arrangements that our staff will convey the candidates to NIMC closest to register, this is to ensure that we reduce the level of problem that we have in these centres.”

JAMB Delists 133 UTME CBT Centres For ‘Aiding’ Malpractice

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede.

 

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has accused some operators of the Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres used for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) of aiding examination malpractices in their respective centres.

The Registrar of the examination body, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made the allegation on Thursday during a meeting with CBT centres operators, technical advisors, service providers and other stakeholders in Zaria, Kaduna State

He decried that in trying to cover up their illegal activities, such centre operators always tamper with Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras mounted at their centres during examinations.

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Professor Oloyede disclosed that 133 of such CBT centres have been delisted by JAMB for committing various examination malpractices.

He, thereafter, explained some of the steps being taken by the examination body to curtail such unprofessional conduct.

According to Professor Oloyede, JAMB has resolved to collaborate with the Computer Professional Council of Nigeria to monitor the conduct of its forthcoming UTME at various centres across the country.

He, therefore, handed down a warning at the meeting that any operator found wanting would be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

The JAMB registrar noted that the collaboration with the Computer Council was Uto get them pay particular attention to the CCTV cameras during the UTME to avoid being tampered with.

The added that the measure has become imperative because of the way and manner operators tamper with the cameras mounted in the various designated CBT centres in order to cheat.

Professor Oloyede noted that although stamping out examination malpractices was a herculean task, the board was poised at reducing sharp practices of any form during UTME to its barest minimum.

Among the speakers at the meeting was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Sadiq Abubakar.

Professor Abubakar commended JAMB for instilling due process and transparency in the conduct of UTME across the country.

He was confident that such a step would not only curb examination malpractices but also ensure that university students acquire sound education.

2020 UTME: JAMB To Register Only Candidates With National Identification Number

UTME: Over 50 ‘Professional Examination Writers’ Arrested – JAMB

 

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that all candidates that wish to take the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) must have the National Identification Number (NIN).

In a series of tweets, the examination board urged Prospective candidates to visit the nearest @nimc_ng office for their capturing.

“The Board would ONLY register candidates with NIN.

“All payments on JAMB Services are made directly to the Board’s TSA.

” Please be informed that the Board frowns on any form of financial dealings between candidates and staff.

“Therefore, candidates involved in any financial transaction with a staff of the Board should notify the Board immediately and also provide any useful information about such staff for necessary action”.

Judge’s Absence Stalls Trial Of JAMB Officials Till 2020

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The trial of Priscilla Ogunsola and Daniel Agbo at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama has suffered a setback.

The trial of the duo could not proceed as scheduled on Thursday following the absence of the trial judge in court, Justice Peter Affen.

The judge’s absence prompted the prosecution and defence counsels to mutually agree on January 30, 2020, as adjournment date.

Ogunsola and Agbo, who were state coordinators of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board ( Jamb) in Benin and Lokoja zonal offices, are facing trial for criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of fund among other crimes.

The allegations were preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to a statement from the anti-graft agency, Ogunsola was arraigned on four counts bordering on diversion of fund to the tune of N26,400,000 to personal use.

One of the counts against  Ogunsola read: “That you, Mrs Priscilla Ogunsola and Cyril Izirein Imoukhuede (now deceased) between 2012 and 2016 in Abuja and Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while respectively being the state coordinator and revenue officer of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Benin office, dishonestly misappropriated the sum of N26,400,000 (twenty six million, four hundred thousand naira) belonging to JAMB, an agency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 309 of the same law.”

Agbo, who was JAMB’s Lokoja office coordinator, was also arraigned on four counts bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of the sum of N6,606,000 belonging to JAMB.

Count two of the charge against him reads “That you, Daniel Agbo, between 2009 and 2016 in Abuja and Kogi State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while being the state coordinator of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Lokoja zonal office, dishonestly misappropriated the sum of N6,606,000 (six million, six hundred and six thousand naira) belonging to jamb, an agency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 309 of the same law.”

Upon their arraignment, both defendants had pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against them, thus, setting the stage for their trial.

Court Grants N20m Bail To Jamb Official Who Claimed Snake Swallowed Money

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A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Abuja, has granted a bail of N20 million to the official of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Mrs Philomina Chieshe, who claimed that a snake swallowed the sum of N35,480,000 million kept in her custody.

The trial judge, Justice Peter Afen, who granted the bail on Monday following the motion filed by her counsel, Mark Piese, added that Chieshe must present two sureties in like sum.

The sureties are expected to be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and possess titles to lands worth the value of the bail sum within the jurisdiction of the court.

Furthermore, the judge made an order directing the defendant to deposit her international passport with the court, adding that she is to be remanded in the Suleja prison, pending the fulfilment of the bail conditions.

Thereafter, the case was adjourned till June 11 for further hearing.

There Is Lot Of Rot In The Education System – FG

Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC)

 

The Federal Government has decried the level of examination malpractise, saying that there is a lot of rot in the nation’s education system.

Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), made this known in Abuja on Saturday.

While unveiling the re-modelled headquarters of the Joint Admissions and the Matriculation Board (JAMB), he commended “the demonstration of integrity and transparency exhibited by board.”

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“The outcome of the exercise (JAMB) has revealed that there is a lot of rot in the education system. Sadly, the youths that should be the hope of the future of the country are deeply involved in the cankerworm of examination malpractice.

“However I am happy that the JAMB has again led in the sanitation exercise of the registration process of public examination,” he stated.

He however maintained that that the rot in the education system must not be allowed to continue.

How To Check Your JAMB Results

Jamb Cautions CBT Centres Against Examination Malpractices

 

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released a guideline on how candidates who wrote the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) between April 11 and 17, 2019, across the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja, can access their results.

According to the board, “candidates are to use the phone numbers they registered with, to text RESULT to 55019.”

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Candidates were advised against approaching any CBT Centre or cyber café to check results. “Those who were ABSENT, got their Registration CANCELLED or have their results WITHHELD will be told”.

The following are the responses to be expected by candidates:

1. If a candidate uses a phone number that was not used to register, a message will be sent to him thus: “This phone number was not used for registration.”
2. A candidate with a result will receive the message: “Dear Mr/Miss X, your result is as follows…(and the details will be provided)”.

3. If a result is withheld, a “Result Withheld” message will be sent to the candidate.

4. If a candidate belongs to the category being given the benefit of the doubt, the message to the person will be: “Result withheld pending the upload of clarifications/document required from you.”

5. If a candidate was absent, s/he would get “CANDIDATE ABSENT” as feedback
6. A candidate that was ABSENT WITH REGISTRATION NUMBER also CANCELLED will be so informed.

7. “Invalid Entrance into the Exam Hall” will be sent to a candidate who gained unauthorized access to the examination hall.

JAMB Releases 2019 UTME Results, Withholds 34,120 Results

 

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the 2019 UTME results.

About 1,792,719 candidates sat for the exams, while 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice.

The Registrar of the board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who made the announcement in Abuja on Saturday also stated that 15,145 results were withheld for further clarification.

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He said, for the 2019 UTME, 1,886,508 candidates registered including those who registered at the foreign centres.

“Out of this number, which excludes the Direct Entry candidates, 59,667 were absent. A total of 1,826,839 sat the UTME. Today, we are releasing the results of 1,792,719 candidates.

“Some 34,120 results are being withheld including the results of 15,145 candidates being further clarified as identical twins and siblings” Professor Oloyede added.

He explained that the reasons for the delay were to ensure that the right things were put in place.

“It is hoped that every Nigerian will change accordingly in line with the current government mantra by also doing right things and doing things right at all times. At the level of JAMB, our resolve is to ensure that the admission process, right from the UTME registration is open, free, transparent and malpractice-free.

“We want to once again thank the Honorable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Chairman and members of the Board, the security agencies, the management and staff of JAMB and indeed all Nigerians who contributed one way or the other to the success of the 2019 UTME. We can only hope that more commitment will be given by all stakeholders to ensure that the future exams will be better in all ramifications”, he further added.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) conducted its Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) between April 11 and 17, 2019 across the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja.

 

UTME: Over 50 ‘Professional Examination Writers’ Arrested – JAMB

UTME: Over 50 ‘Professional Examination Writers’ Arrested – JAMB

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has arrested no fewer than 50 professional examination writers who sat for candidates in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The spokesman for the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in the agency’s weekly bulletin published on Monday.

According to him, the impostors were arrested nationwide as a result of the various intelligence gathering mechanisms of the board.

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Benjamin revealed that some of the suspects arrested were Master’s degree holders, postgraduate and undergraduate students of various tertiary institutions.

He added that they connived with owners and operators of some Computer Based Test Centres (CBT) to carry out the crime by engaging in multiple registrations, where the fingerprints of the main candidates were captured side by side with that of the impostors.

“The modus operandi of these UTME syndicates was confirmed when one of the kingpins was apprehended recently,” the bulletin said.

On interrogation, the JAMB’s spokesman said the culprit confessed to having done multiple registrations of his biometric along with several other candidates with the intention of sitting for them and collecting huge sums of money from the candidates.

The bulletin added, “This Development is the fundamental reason for the decision of the board to revalidate all biometrics of candidates that have taken the board’s examination in recent times.

“This timely action would enable the board to not only fish out and dismantle these registration cartels and racketeers but also bring them to book along with their collaborators.”

Fabian further said the board discovered that a substantial portion of UTME applications yearly comprised such registrations.

He noted that JAMB resolved to put measures in place to effect the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in activities capable of subverting the sanctity of the entire examination process and its credibility.

The board revealed that a total of 1, 236, 316 candidates out of the over 1.8 million registered has taken the examination so far.

‘Professor’ Arrested At UTME Centre In Abuja

‘Professor’ Arrested At UTME Centre In Abuja
A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.

 

One man who claimed to be a professor, Mr Jide Jisus, has been arrested as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 2019 commenced across the country.

The spokesman for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Fabian Benjamin, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Friday.

Jisus was apprehended over an allegation of examination malpractice by the monitoring team of the JAMB Registrar on Thursday at an institution in Jabi area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“His (the suspect) identity was shrouded in dubious tales. He claimed during interrogation that he was one of the professors selected by the Board to oversee the conduct of the 2019 UTME,” the statement said.

Benjamin disclosed further that Jisus claimed that he was awarded a professorial position by Christian University, Isolo, Lagos and that he had two professorial awards from “Becket” University England and Freedom University.

The suspect also claimed to be an employee of “Anchor Polytechnic, Kubwa, Abuja”, an institution JAMB said does not exist.

Similarly, he said he was the president of the United Nigeria Chaplin Institute of Peace Academy.

It was, however, discovered that the suspect had a daughter who was taking the 2019 UTME in the same centre where he was caught.

JAMB insisted that its operational guideline does not allow unauthorised persons into the examination hall.

It added that the said professor was not one of those it selected to monitor the conduct of the examination.

Only Candidates Who Undergo Biometric Verification Will Take UTME – JAMB

Jamb Registrar speaking in Abuja on Monday (March 18, 2019).

 

Ahead of the April 11, 2019, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says only candidates who undergo the mandatory biometric verification will be allowed to sit for the exams.

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said this on Monday during a stakeholder meeting in Abuja.

“This year, we appeal to everybody, no discretion about it. Anybody who cannot be verified on the biometric cannot write our exam,” he said.

According to him, the new measure is aimed at checking cases of examination malpractices which he says had characterized the process in the past, leading to an increasing number of impersonators.

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Professor Oloyede also noted that the names of impersonators from 2009 to 2019 will soon be published by the board to serve as a deterrent to others.

Meanwhile, he announced the approval of 708 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country ahead of the examinations.