Joint Admission and Matriculations Boards, JAMB has said it will no longer conduct mop-up examinations for candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions whose bio-metrics are not verified by the board. JAMB has disclosed this in its weekly bulletin of the office of the Registrar in Abuja.
What is Jamb’s reason for this decision?
The examination body said the move is to further strengthen the noose around exam malpractices in the country and also to protect the “hard-earned reputation” of the board from being impugned.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, JAMB said the decision emanated from the management’s rigorous review of the 2022 UTME exercise with the need to close all loopholes noticed during the examination.
What does this mean for future UTME candidates?
According to the bulletin, “no candidate of the UTME will be allowed to sit for its examination without first being biometrically verified. All ten fingers of the candidate must be captured at the point of registration to ensure that there is a convincing match between the fingerprints captured and those presented by the candidate at the exam venue”. JAMB said anything other than this would be an invitation to examination security breach.
JAMB also said its management has scheduled a five-day annual retreat from the 18th to the 23rd of September, to review and assess its performance in all facets of its operational processes, including the 2022 UTME.