JAMB To Register Only Candidates With NIMC/NIN For 2020 UTME & Reasons for the Introduction
NOTICE: This message is for prospective candidates who wish to write JAMB 2020, and all they need to know regarding JAMB 2020.
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. 2020 UTME Candidates can start preparing for their exams using already existing JAMB Past Questions for the previous years for early preparation.
Read on to know how to register for JAMB 2020 and the reason for the introduction of the NIMC/NIN.
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How to Register for JAMB 2020 ?
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.
Why the introduction of NICM/NIN?
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 (the just concluded JAMB exam).
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.
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