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JAMB bars CBT centres from selling UTME e-pins

By Godfrey AKON

Ahead of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has barred Computer Based Test, CBT, centres from selling e-pins to guard against extortion of candidates.

JAMB’s Registrar, Prof Iashaq Oloyede, said the board decided to adopt a cashless system in the registration process and will prohibit CBT centres from selling e-pins. 

Oloyode spoke in Abuja on Friday after an Award of Excellence was conferred on him by the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria, ECAN.  

“On our campaign on cashless CBT centres particularly during our registration exercise. It is known that many CBT centres, despite the supervision, still manage to exploit candidates. 

“We are also going to ensure that ePIN is not something that they will be selling at the (CBT) centres. We will ensure that anybody who wants to sell ePIN will not be a CBT centre, once you are a CBT centre you have lost the right to sell ePIN so that we can hold the ePIN sellers responsible for what they do. Once you are a CBT centre you cannot also say you want to sell ePIN,” he said.

While commending the media for its role as a representative of the people and in promotion of good governance, Oloyede called for support in the various campaigns embarked upon by the Board to ensure a better admission system. 

“We appeal for support (on the issue) of fake certificates. Issuance and usage of fake certificates to secure admission into our institutions particularly at the A level candidates. 

” We are working very hard to tighten the noose and make it impossible for those who engage in such an illicit action to succeed,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of ECAN, Chuks Ukwuatu, said the Award of Excellence, which comes every five years, was bestowed on Oloyede for his achievements in JAMB. 

While saying it was initiated to encourage performance, the ECAN chairman said Oloyede was singled out for the Award for promoting transparency, sanitising the nation’s admission system, weekly publication of financial transactions of the Board, among others. 

“The Award was initiated to encourage performance because we know if we get it right in education, we will also get it right in all spheres of the economy,” he said.

Meanwhile, JAMB says it would soon clear the backlog of illegal admissions conducted by tertiary education institutions in the country. 

Recall that JAMB had recently uncovered 706,189 illegal admissions by universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and other related institutions.

Oloyede said the move is to rescue students who have the requisite qualifications but were admitted illegally. 

“We want to put a halt to the issue of illegal admission. We want to clear the backlog and ensure that those of them who have been improperly admitted but have the minimum qualification are rescued. 

“We want to continue the campaign to discourage those who are committing such illegal action to stop doing such,” Oloyede said. 

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