Written by Godfrey AKON

JAMB begins 2020 UTME registration this week

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it will commence registration for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, on Monday, January 13, 2020.

JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this recently at a meeting with State Commissioners for Education in Abuja, said the registration exercise would last till February 1, 2020.

Oloyede added that the process will run simultaneously with Direct Entry registration which will take place between Jan. 13 and Feb. 17, 2020, while the mock UTME would be conducted on Feb. 18, 2020, and the actual UTME exercise will take place from March 14 to April 4, 2020.

While restating the board’s resolve to only register candidates who have obtained National Intensification Number, NIN, he noted that the move was aimed at eliminating multiple registration which was a problem during the 2019 registration.

According to him, examination malpractice during the 2019 exercise began at the registration level where some candidates engaged in multiple registration.

He said JAMB will engage the Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria, CPN, to help in monitoring the Computer Based Test, CBT, Centres, adding that each of the CBT centres had been mapped with NIMC enrollment centres.

“Meanwhile, over 40 per cent of the candidates have already obtained their NIN. This will ease our job because those who have not been able to register can now be transported to NIMC centres at the point of registration,’’ the Jamb boss said.

 “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,’’ he said.



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