Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede has proffered reasons why previous years’ registrations for the Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) were faster than the current exercise.
“The registration process is not as fast as those of previous years, though better than we had envisaged, given the fact that we are introducing a new concept which is that of integrating the National Identification Number into the registration process,” he said, according to JAMBulletin, a weekly publication of the Office of JAMB Registrar.
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who spoke during a meeting with stakeholders comprising Telcos and other service providers in Abuja to review the ongoing 2021 UTME/DE Registration exercise to address some identified challenges added that “Other factors contributing to the slow pace of the registration process could be traced to the inability of candidates to comply with laid-down instructions on how to send their NIN to the Board’s short code. Some candidates are using SIMs with post-paid packages, and by their nature, they have zero balance hence cannot be debited because they do not have direct airtime on them, among others.”
The meeting also took note of some candidates who are sending SMS to the Board’s short code and failing to get responses while money is being deducted from their airtime account. He stated that the Board would seek the help of relevant regulatory agencies like the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ( F CC P C ) , National Communications Commission(NCC) and others to ensure that refunds or commensurate compensations are made to affected candidates as services sought was not rendered.
The Registrar assured candidates that the Board will look at ways of developing a more intelligent system that will be detecting typographical errors while attempting to generate their profile codes.
To that end, he disclosed that the Board was working with its technical partners to develop another source of obtaining the profile code through USSD by simply dialling *55019*1*00000000000#(the zero representing the candidates’ eleven digits NIN ). The direct dialling process which will come into effect soon will be used along with the current process of sending “NIN space then the 11-digit NIN” to 55019.
He restated JAMB’s commitment to play its role as a responsible regulator by ensuring that innocent candidates do not fall victim to fraudulent elements who are daily seeking openings they can capitalise on to exploit them in the ongoing 2021 UTME/DE Registration exercise.