The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says starting from 2020, candidates will register for its examinations with their National Identity Management Number (NIM) to solve the challenges of multiple registrations.
Head of Information, JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who made this known while addressing newsmen in Keffi, Nasarawa State over the weekend, emphasised that although the board in partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) was starting the pilot phase of using the identification number of candidates to register them for examination next year and still consider those without, only candidates with NIN would be allowed to register for UTME from subsequent years.
According to him, the high cases of impersonation which has been a major challenge was the reason why the board insisted on biometric verification of all candidates.
He added that unlike 2018 when 24,000 cases of biometric issues were recorded, only 2,000 cases were associated with the 2019 examinations as a result of the biometric verification.
Fabian, who stressed that the board was hopeful no case of biometric challenge would be recorded this year following the various innovations it wishes to bring on board, went further to disclose that UTME would no longer be conducted in school-based centres operated by private individuals, except such centres were owned and operated by the schools hosting them in order to address the high rate of examination malpractice.
“We are partnering with NIMC to address multiple registrations. We are starting a pilot phase in 2020 and in subsequent years, every candidate must have a NIN before they can register to sit for our examinations. Impersonation is one of our major challenges. That is why we are using biometrics verification and other forms of innovation to tackle it.
“This crucial assessment for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria has been very challenging given a large number of candidates being examined. However, the Board has continually adapted to new changes through various technologies to address all hiccups associated with assessment,” he said.
Commenting on various antics employed by fraudsters to rip off unsuspecting candidates, Fabian advised candidates to refrain from depending on past question papers usually sold by fraudsters to pass their examinations, as the Board does not recycle questions.
While explaining that the board has over 15 million questions dedicated to each of the 23 subjects, he noted that besides the juggling of questions per person and by zone, questions were equally set based on geopolitical zones, all aimed at ensuring the sanctity of its examinations.