LATEST: JAMB To UTME Candidates: No NIN, No 2020 UTME
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has advised candidates who wish to take part in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to enable them obtain the National Identification Number (NIN).
According to JAMB, the NIN would be compulsory for UTME registration next year and only candidates with NIN would be allowed to sit for the examination next year.
In view of this, all candidates desiring to register for the 2020 UTME, other JAMB processes, are urged to visit the nearest NIMC centre or its licensed agents for the NIN registration ahead of the UTME registration, if they have not done so as the board has made arrangements with NIMC for candidates who do not have the NIN to be registered at the centre by NIMC or its licensed agents.
The board also has disclosed that it would no longer need to capture the biometrics of candidates during UTME registration next year as the information of candidates required by the board would be uploaded from the data captured by the NIMC for registration.
Commenting on this, the JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, explained that the NIN would guard against all forms of registration infractions.
He mentioned that candidates would be required to present their NIN at the point of registration.
He also advised candidates who had registered and acquired the NIN before attaining the age of 16 to update their NIN registration status before proceeding for the UTME registration.
“If a candidate has NIN but has misplaced the number, he/she can retrieve the NIN by either going to any NIMC office/its licensed agents or dialing *346# (USSD Code) on the SIM number earlier used to register for the NIN and the NIN would be sent to the candidate.
“If he/she does not have the SIM number used for the NIN registration, such a candidate should visit the nearest NIMC centre or any of its licensed agents.
“Candidate’s name, as arranged on the NIMC data base, would be same on JAMB data after registration.
“If any candidate has complaints of name arrangement such a candidate should first rectify such issue with NIMC before proceeding for registration,” he added.
EARLIER: JAMB to Register Only Candidates With NIN for 2020 UTME
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 to 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.