UNIUYO Don tasks JAMB on need to bar underage candidates from taking UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board -JAMB has been urged to do everything possible to prevent underage candidates from participating in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME.

Speaking with Planet News, a University don, Dr. Steve Umoh, noted that a situation where underage candidates who are not mature enough to be enrolled into tertiary institutions are allowed to register and take part in the UTME would cause the older and qualified candidates to loose chances of getting admitted, considering the increasing demands for admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions every year.

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Our correspondent Jane Uwa reports that the university don, however, applauded the Board for introducing various changes which he noted have helped to advance the conduct of the examination in recent years.

It is however believed that with the recent directive by JAMB that intending candidates for the examination would use their National Identification Number –NIN, the issue of registering underage candidates, amongst other hitches, would be rectified.

The Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, ‎has disclosed that about 40 percent of JAMB candidates have already obtained National Identity Number (NIN) in the country.  He disclosed this at a meeting with Computer Based Test centres, Technical Advisors, Service providers (MTN, Airtell, Galaxy backbone etc) and other stakeholders ‎in Kaduna.

He asserted that the campaign against NIN is mainly orchestrated by those benefiting from registration and examination scandals and added that the current campaign against NIMC, will not stop JAMB from collaborating with them.

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