Commissioners of Education in the 36 States of Nigeria have declared support for the partnership between the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB and the National Identity Management Commission NIMC ,to use National Identity Number NIN , in the conduct of the board’s 2020 exams.
Speaking on behalf of the comissioners of Education of the 36 states, Borno State Commissioner of Higher Education, Professor Isa Marte Hussaini said this in Abuja during a meeting organised by JAMB on the 2020 UTME.
Prof Marte also said the commissioners declared support for the initiative due to its capacity to block all loopholes of examination fraud, reduce examination malpractices and refine admission processes.
According to him, “we absolutely support the idea of NIMC identity numbers to conduct the 2020 jamb exams because we know it will reduce examination malpractices and refine the admission processes,it will also block all forms of loop holes “.
Prof Marte further disclosed that the government of Borno State would no longer tolerate or permit the operations of special examination centres also known as “miracle centres” ,he added that the operations of such centres is presently causing harm to the advancement of education of indigenes of the state.
According to him, “on the issue of miracle centres in maduguri, I will call a meeting and meet with the Governor and actions will be taken against these miracle centres ,because the future of our youth is at stake we will not sit down to watch fake results and fake admissions around us”.
“fortunately in Borno State we don’t have tutorial centres ,the Library board has all the questions and documentation for tutorials we will start it very soon but we don’t have tutorial centres in maiduguri”.
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof.Ishaq Oloyede said the board is collaborating with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), as directed by the National Assembly and Federal Executive Council, to conduct the 2020 UTME.
Prof. Oloyede urged prospective candidates to approach any NIMC enrollment centre to obtain the NIN to enable them register for the examinations.
He disclosed that over 40 per cent of the candidates for the 2020 UTME have already obtained their NIN.
The registrar stressed that the importance of a candidate registering with NIN was to eliminate multiple registration which was a problem during the 2019 registrations.
According to him, “everybody must rise up and support NIMC. We are also bringing in Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) to help in monitoring the Computer Based Centres (CBT)
“We also have the advantage of the Galaxy Backbone. Each of the CBT centres has been mapped with NIMC enrollment centres”
“Our experience last year showed that some candidates registered multiple times so as to perpetrate impersonation. We are aware that examination malpractices start at the point of registration”
“JAMB needs full collaborations of states education commissioners to help sensitise candidates in their various states on the need and importance of the NIN for 2020 registration.
“We have called you to inform you about our preparedness towards the conduct of the 2020 UTME and to pay attention to public examinations in your states and be conscious of proliferation of examination centres to perpetrate malpractices,’’ Oloyede said.
He explained that the board had put in place a Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) designed to prevent institutions from unilaterally changing or proposing a candidate for admission into the programme or courses other than his/her chosen course.
Some institutions had devised a method of offering admission to candidates outside CAPS on their designated portals, saying any institution doing this was putting the future of such candidates into jeopardy.
He, therefore, said JAMB had mandated institutions to give preference to the candidates’ chosen courses.