JAMB tells varsities to withdraw irregular admission, sets dates for 2020 UTME

By Felix Khanoba

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has called on universities that have offered admission to candidates in 2019 in their individual portals as against the Board’s Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) to immediately withdraw the admissions.

Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ish-aq Oloyede warned that candidates that accepted such offers also stand to lose the admission.

He said, “Anyone who accepts any offer of admission made outsides CAPS i.e. not on JAMB’s candidates’ profile does so at his or her on risk.

“There shall be no regularisation of any irregular admission. JAMB has given caution to the universities to immediately withdraw and desist from such illegitimate actions. Any such acts will henceforth be visited with appropriate sanctions.”

Oloyede, who made this known during a meeting with State Commissioners of Education on Monday in Abuja, said the Board will conduct the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) between March 14 and April 4.

The JAMB boss also said the registration for the examinations and sales of Direct Entry forms would run simultaneously from Jan. 13 to Feb. 17, adding that candidates that are willing to sit for the mock exam have between Jan. 13 to Feb. 1, 2020 to perfect their UTME registration.

He urged prospective candidates to approach the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) enrolment centre to obtain the National Identity Number (NIN) to enable them register for the exam.

He said over 40 per cent of the prospective candidates have already obtained their NIN, adding that JAMB will make provision to ensure those that are yet to register are transported to NIMC centres at the point of registration.

The JAMB boss said the introduction of NIN in the registration process will go a long way to tackle the problem of examination malpractice.

“Our experience last year showed that some candidates registered multiple times so as to perpetrate impersonation. We are aware that examination malpractices start at the point of registration.

“JAMB needs full collaborations of states education commissioners to help sensitise candidates in their various states on the need and importance of the NIN for 2020 registration.

“We have called you to inform you about our preparedness towards the conduct of the 2020 UTME and to pay attention to public examinations in your states and be conscious of proliferation of examination centres to perpetrate malpractices,’’ Oloyede said.

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