Jamb sets date for 2020 UTME

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB has set March 14th and April 4th 2020, as dates to conduct it’s 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME.

The board also Said the registrations for its mock examinations would hold between January 13 and 1st of February while the mock examinations would hold on the 18th of February , 2020.

The Registrar of the Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB registrar, disclosed this while hosting State Commissioners of Education in Abuja .

Prof. Oloyede further disclosed that the registration for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry would also run simultenously between 13th of January and February 17.

According to him, “the board is bringing in the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as directed by the National Assembly and Federal Executive Council to conduct the 2020 UTME”.

The Registrar made known that over 40 per cent of it candidates have obtained their NIN. He added that the development will reduce the burden for the board as arrangements are in place to transport candidate who are yet to register to NIMC centres.

“This will ease our job because those who have not been able to registered can now be transported to NIMC centres at the point of registration.”

He advised  candidates to approach any NIMC enrolment centre to obtain their NIN number to be able to register for its examinations.

” 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 have been mapped with NIMC enrolment centres.

The registrar said the importance of a candidate registrering with NIN was to eliminate multiple registration discovered during the 2019 registrations.

“Our experience last year showed that some candidates registered multiple times so as to perpetrate impersonation. This is because exam 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 concious of proliferation of exam centres to perpetrate exam malpractices, ” he said.

Oloyede added 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.

He observed that 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 candidate into jeopardy.

He, therefore, said that JAMB mandate required that in placing candidate, preference must be given to the candidate chosen course.

On the news reverberated on social media of how one Miss Goodness Thomas who scored 302 was denied admission by the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria to study a course of her choice, and was instead given Human Anatomy, Oloyede said she did not meet the merit score for admission into ABU.

” The girl from Niger state who scored 302 is a good mark in Niger but not a good mark for medicine in Nigeria.

” The university did good by offering her anatomy. She came third from Niger and the university picked the first two candidates from her state so she did not meet the merit score for ABU,” Oloyede added.

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