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Over 1.94 Million Candidates Sat For UTME – JAMB Registrar | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Apr 24, 2024



The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar , Prof Ishaq Oloyede, said no fewer than 1.94 million candidates have sat for the 2024 examinations in the country.

The Register made this known on Wednesday, during the inspection of one of the 775 accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Kaduna.

He said less than N100,000 registered candidates in the country are yet to sit for the examinations.

Oloyede emphasized on the need for the examination body to conduct hitch-free exercise, has made the registration faster.

“Even today, I have seen something which we need to improve on, but most importantly, we have done so many things in the background to make the exercise faster, more efficient and better. We have increased the level of automation,” he said.

The Registrar took a jab at those that indulge in examination malpractices, saying “It does not pay”.

He said that most of the problems JAMB faced were impersonation.

He specifically said most of the cases were candidates who have double National Identification Number (NIN), adding that JAMB would take up the issue with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)

“The important thing is that we are ahead of the impersonators, we have arrested a father writing examinations for his son, the kind of parenting in this generation is uncalled for, I wonder what the father will tell the son if they are locked up in the same cell.

“We now have the facilities to check all sorts of impersonation and other malpractices,” he said.

The registrar, however, thanked parents for their support, recalling that in previous years; they were seen loitering around examination centres disturbing.

“There is no report this year of parents intruding, except one state. In that state, they felt since the first session failed, their children should not continue with the second or other sessions

“Out of the country’s 775 centres, those who failed were not up to 20, and only one failed. Less than 30 of the centres failed at the first session because of ill preparation.

“When such things happen, the candidates should stay aside for the next session to move because questions are designed individually for a candidate,” he said.

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