Latest news reaching our news desk today is coming from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) management, disclosing that the introduction of the National Identification Number (NIN) that was made mandatory for the 2021/2022 exam registration, has helped it to uncover over 500,000 fake candidates.
Prof. Isha’q Oloyede, the current JAMB Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB disclosed this during a press conference in Enugu, when he visits the South-East to access the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination as well as to visit the new university in Ebonyi state.
The JAMB registrar further disclosed that the use of the NIN made mandatory by the Nigerian Federal Government, has aided in decreasing examination malpractice.
Professor Ishaq Oloyede said and I quote below:
“Before the introduction of NIN in the registration, there were about 2.2 million candidates for the examination, but after the introduction of NIN, over 500,000 candidates were discovered to be fake UTME candidates.”
The registrar added that the actual number of candidates that JAMB registered for UTME 2021 was 1,415,501, and out of it, 1,122,095 candidates had taken the examinations, while 66,111 candidates had yet to take.
According to the JAMB boss, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has six hundred and fifty (650) examination centers across the country, out of which 30 centers have been delisted for performing below the required standard.
“Fifty-three centers are currently under watch, while 600 of the centers are functioning excellently.”
Speaking on the delisted centers and candidates who could not take the examination because their centers were delisted, the JAMB boss said that their examination center and date will be rescheduled and a new date fixed.