The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has disclosed that reason the use of National Identity Number, NIN, is a compulsory requirement for the registration of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME/DE.
JAMB discloses the reason NIN is a compulsory for 2021 UTME registration
According to JAMB’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the main reason for the use of NIN as a compulsory requirement is to checkmate examination malpractices. He added that the use of NIN as a prerequisite for registration was from the Minister of Education.
He equally stated that the idea was also for security reasons as it helps to avoid impersonation. The JAMB Registrar spoke in Abuja on Friday during a virtual meeting with owners of Computer Based Test Centres, service providers and other stakeholders to kickstart the 2021 UTME registration.
Oloyede who noted that candidates must make use of accessible sim cards which has never been used for UTME registration said talks were ongoing with the minister of Communication and Digital Economy to grant a conditioned waiver to an estimated 20 percent of candidates without a sim card.
Oloyede also warned that no CBT is allowed to register candidates for NIN, noting that any centre found to engage in such act would be sanctioned. “No JAMB accredited CBT centre is allowed as agent of NIMC in the enrollment of NIN,” he said.
While cautioning owners of CBT centres against examination malpractice, the JAMB Registrar said all centres owned by the same owners of a centre caught in the moral act would be suspended. He said over 100 centres were delisted between 2020 and 2021 for various infractions including registration and examination malpractice.