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2020 UTME: JAMB gives update, issues warning to candidates, schools

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned candidates, schools and fogeys against engaging in illegal transactions on Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB issues the warning while disclosing that 700,000 candidates have thus far been registered for the 2020 UTME in fortnight .

The Board’s Head, Media and knowledge , Dr Fabian Benjamin, made this known in an interview with the press agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday night.

According to him, the exercise has been hitch-free, with impressive turnout from the primary day at the varied accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide.

“I will wish to say we've actually found this exercise very interesting as we've already registered a complete of 700, 000 prospective candidates for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in only 14 days.

“We have 21 days left to travel for this registration exercise and that we wish to turn all candidates, the UTME and Direct Entry, to seize the chance and register, as there'll be no extension.

Benjamin noted that the Board had blacklisted 41 centres out of the 692 centres used, over issues like registration cyber fraud, extortion and technical deficiency.

JAMB which has sanctioned the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), warned schools to prevent using its name to defraud Nigerians.

Benjamin said: “It has come to the knowledge of the Board that some elite schools are using the name of the Board to extort huge sums of cash from parents under the guise that the Board has ordered such payments.

“The Board wishes to form it clear that unlike the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the National Examinations Council (NECO) et al. , the UTME and Direct Entry (DE) registration and examination exercises aren't school-based.

“As such, schools haven't any role whatsoever within the Board’s operational processes.

“This is because these exercises require only the participation and engagement of individual candidates.

“Consequently, schools that are using the name of the Board to swindle parents of huge sum of cash for the aim of registration or other services, are hereby warned to desist forthwith,” he said.

According to him, these affected schools might need to use other means to extort gullible parents but certainly such practice shouldn't be at the expense of the Board or its processes.

Benjamin added that the knowledge became necessary following discovery of series of knowledge mutilation, due to this unwholesome group processing of registration, among others.

“Parents are to notice that the value of the UTME forms remains N3,500 for the ePINs and N500 for the reading text and zip more.

“Parents are to make sure that their children do that individually and not as a gaggle additionally , the CBT centres where the candidates register are directed to not charge anything above N700 as their service fee ,’’ Benjamin said.

On the Board’s advice on vending, Benjamin said it had been important for vendors and candidates to understand that certain measures had been taken by the Board to define the method of vending ePINs.

He said this was to function a guide against candidates exposing their personal data to fraudsters.

Benjamin urged candidates to notice that any personal data divulged to any third-party, be it a vendor or agent could expose them to the danger of losing their UTME registration, thereby jeopardising their future aspirations.

“In view of the above, the Board wishes to reiterate that pin vending should be done on to individual candidates and will be done online through the pin vending platform and not offline.

“There should be no bulk purchase of pins by candidates or secondary schools as is being done by some elite schools. All online vending should be done on to each candidate on the presentation of his or her profile code.

“After vending the pin, the relevant pin should be sent to every candidate through his or her phone, hence there's no got to write the pin by hand, by any vendor or agent.

“Any vendor/agent who collects a prepared list with candidates’ names, profile codes and other vital details for the aim of vending pins are going to be sanctioned.

“Similarly, any vendor collecting such prepared lists is hereby advised to desist with immediate effect as this action has severe consequences on the candidates whose data are being exposed indiscriminately,” he warned.

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