The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has begun the biometric verification of the 1.8 candidates who sat for this year’s unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME).
This exercise is responsible for the delay in releasing the UTME results conducted from April 11 to April 18. The board has already carried out biometric verification of candidates in 31 states, and is presently verifying those of candidates from six other states.
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja. He said the board was cross-checking everything pertaining to the conduct of the examination, including fingerprints of candidates.
Prof. Oloyede, who did not list the states where the biometric verification of candidates has been concluded, said: “We are cross-checking everything, including fingers. If you know that you have about 1.8 candidates multiplied by ten that is the finger we are talking about.”
“If you are very close to National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC), ask them what it takes to analyse finger prints in terms of period. “We are combining 1.8 million ten fingers with one another to be sure that we identify people who combine fingers and so on.
That is where we are now. “We have done all other and now we have about six states to go. As I speak with you I am at a retreat with those who are doing it. We have about six states to go. We have done 31 states and six states are still not completed now.” When asked concerning the release of the results, the registrar said: “I don’t know but it will be very soon.
As soon as we complete what we are doing.” The registrar denied reports that the board may cancel half of the results of states found to have been involved in malpractice during the examination. When asked which state was affected most by malpractice this year, he said: “I don’t know. I cannot say which state because I don’t know. It is not just issue of malpractice.”
Oloyede said there was nothing wrong with the board’s server, adding that the board was cleaning up the rot in the education system. He said: “There is no problem at all but everything must be done thoroughly and that is what we are doing. There is no problem. All the rumour about problem is a lie and I would not tell a whole nation what is not true.
I can’t put my integrity on line. There is no problem at all. “We are doing what we set to do and it is a scientific thing and there is no way I can expedite it beyond this. I t is taking human and material resources but we must do it. Somebody must standup against this rot.
That’s all.” Oloyede also said the board would probe alleged involvement of some of its staff who connived with some computer based test centre operators to perpetrate malpractice during the examination.
The registrar said: “Where staff members are identified to have been involved, if there are reported cases, we will investigate. There are one or two cases that are very obvious and we are taking action because as we appoint our staff and other ad-hoc, we appointed some eminent Nigerians to monitor the monitors and we have analysed their reports.
“Where an ad hoc or permanent staff is alleged to have done what he or she is not supposed to do we will take the normal process and procedure.”
Earlier: 2019 UTME: We’ll Investigate Issues of Biometric Verification – JAMB Says
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it will investigate reported cases of inability of some candidates to do biometric verification as the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that commenced yesterday.
The board’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dr. Fabian Benjamin disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on Friday in Abuja. He said that the release of results would not be immediate as the board was taking time to process before releasing them in order to avoid multiple cancellations.
On the topic of biometric verification, Benjamin said that the board was looking into all reported cases and would take a decision soon.
“We will look at the cases brought before us to know if they are actual challenges or part of malpractice.
“This is because we discovered that some candidates have done something they intend to take advantage of the biometric verification challenge as an excuse, so we need to ascertain the genuineness of these cases. I assure you we are looking at it and would do something,” he said.
Earlier: JAMB Dismisses Candidates’ Fear of Biometric Verification
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, introduced the biometric identification verification exercise as the basis of entry into examination centres for candidates partaking in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination slated for 11 to 15 April, 2019.
Although JAMB has expressed ultimate confidence in the system, many candidates have expressed their fears in the ability of JAMB’s staff to carry out the biometric exercise efficiently, as well as the possibility that the gadgets themselves could malfunction, resulting in the affected candidates being disallowed from taking the exam.
The biometric identification verification technology adopted by JAMB is that of fingerprint verification, which has a number of flaws like how fingerprint recognition on the scanner can be affected by the slightest offset for a fraction of a millimetre, a change in pressure, skin damage and some other circumstances that affect the resulting image. Consequently, the scans of the same finger or face will always be different.
However, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB in an attempt to allay the fears of candidates over biometric verification, has said that the capturing of candidate’s ten fingers have made it impossible to record disappointment during biometric verification.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media, explained that the board chose to use the whole ten fingers instead of just one, to serve as backup in case of failure. He asked stakeholders not to panic over possible failure in the biometric verification, insisting that it was not possible for any candidate’s whole ten fingers captured to fail the biometric verification.
His said, “You know, we are capturing ten fingers and we believe that ten fingers are sufficient enough for any backup in the biometric verification.”
Earlier: 2019 UTME: No Candidate Will Sit for UTME Exam Without Biometric Verification – JAMB
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in its Vol. 1, No 11 weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar stated that there is no exemption on biometric verification for all candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to the board, biometric verification will be the only mode of entry for candidates into its examination centres nationwide,
It was also noted that no candidate should be kept waiting if he or she cannot be verified but should be directed to contact JAMB.
The examination has been scheduled to commence April 11th across the country. The board added that all examination officials, including security agents, are to ensure compliance with all guidelines, rules and regulations on the examination as strict adherence to the guide on compulsory biometric verification of every candidate is required.
Candidates are also to ensure that they do not go to the exam hall with any of the prohibited items.