In order to adequately tackle challenges of mutiple registration, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that only candidates with National Identification Number (NIN) will be allowed to register. for 2020 UTME. This was disclosed by the board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, at a one-day capacity building workshop organised by the National Examination Council (NECO) for education correspondents in Keffi on Friday.
According to him, experience has shown that malpractice in the conduct of public examination, especially the UTME, actually begins with the registration exercise, and the introduction of NIN for registration was aimed at purging the UTME registration process and eliminating identity theft. He added that the board was ready to go to any length to enforce biometric verification.
He promised that the CBT exercise will only be conducted in centres owned and operated by the schools hosting them, and would no longer be conducted in school-based centres operated by private individuals. owing the fact that these privately run centres have proved to be in cahoots with fraudsters to perpetrate malpractice.
To emphasize the depth of registration fraud, he disclosed that a particular candidate registered a record 222 times, while some registered 46 and others 56 times or more, forcing the exam body to delay the release of its results till after May 11, 2019.
Concerning complaints on the conduct of the 2019 UTME by candidates and parents he said the complaints received so far, were because the board was more disposed to disclose what is happening now than ever.