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Sunday 5 December 2021

JAMB To Clear Backlog Of Illegal Admissions

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that  it would soon clear the backlog of illegal admissions conducted by tertiary education institutions in the country. 

Recall that JAMB had recently uncovered 706,189 illegal admissions by universities, polytechnics, colleges of education,  and other related institutions.

Speaking after receiving the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN’s) Award of Excellence over the weekend in Abuja, JAMB’s Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, said the move is to rescue students who have the requisite qualifications but were admitted illegally. 

Oloyede also revealed the Board has decided to adopt a cashless system in the registration process of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and added that JAMB would also prohibit Computer Based Test (CBT) centres from selling e-PINs to guard against extortion of candidates. 

“On our campaign on cashless CBT centres particularly during our registration exercise. It is known that many  CBT centres, despite the supervision, still manage to exploit candidates. 

“We want  to put a stop to to that, we have intensified monitoring but part of what we are doing is to ensure we protect the students against this extortion, and that is why we are asking that the candidates pay through us and we will pay the centres their service charge.

“We are also going to ensure that ePIN is not something that they will be selling at the (CBT) centres. We will ensure that  anybody who wants to sell ePIN will not be a CBT centre, once you are a CBT centre you have lost the right to sell ePIN so that we can hold the ePIN sellers responsible for what they do,” he said.

The JAMB boss expressed deep appreciation to ECAN for considering him worthy of the Award, promising that the Board will continue to deliver on its mandate.

He commended the media for its role as a representative of the people and in  promotion of good governance and call for support in the various campaigns embarked upon by the Board to ensure a better admission system. 

“We appeal for support on the issue of  fake certificates. Issuance and usage of fake certificates to secure admission into our institutions particularly at the A level candidates. 

” We are working very hard to tighten the noose and make it impossible for those who engage in such an illicit action to succeed.

” The next issue is the campaign we have just introduced; Physical and Health Education and Computer Studies as UTME subjects. We are asking and sensitizing the public, particularly the students who are to take the exam, that these are two Science subjects that will be added to their choice to widen opportunities for candidates to be able to access tertiary education, ” he said. 

Earlier, the chairman of ECAN, Chuks Ukwuatu, said the Award of Excellence, which comes every five years, was bestowed on Oloyede for his achievements in JAMB. 

The ECAN chairman said Oloyede was singled out for the Award for promoting transparency, sanitising the nation’s admission system, for the weekly publication of financial transactions of the Board, among others. 

“The Award was initiated to encourage performance because we know if we get it right in education, we will also get it right in all spheres of the economy,” he said

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