The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board( JAMB), Prof. Ishaq O. Oloyede, has said that the prerogative of choosing examination towns lies solely with candidates as far as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is concerned.
He said JAMB does not impose examination town or transfer candidates to other towns other than the ones they had selected He stated that examination centres are grouped into examination towns and candidates are expected to make their choices of examination towns while the Board distributes them to centres. He stated that an examination town is an agglomeration of many examination centres located within it. To eliminate bias, he disclosed that an automated system had been developed by the Board to distribute candidates who have picked particular examination town randomly into its centres.
He added that candidates could only pick examinations towns and not centres. The Registrar made this clarification while meeting with the nation’s Commissioners of Education o n M o n d a y, 2 9 t h March,2021.
He said the clarification became necessary in view of deliberate misinformation orchestrated by some mischievous elements to discredit the Board’s mode of examination town selection which, at any rate, was in tandem with international best practices. He said JAMB is not unmindful of those half-truths being peddled against its operations, but will refuse to be distracted from the task of delivering on its critical mandate.
The Registrar said, “It’s the responsibility of the candidates to choose the examination towns he or she wants to take the UTME. The claims that we post candidates to centres not indicated in their application documents is not true. The candidate chooses the place where he/she wants to sit the examination and, once the capacity of any particular examination town is filled up, that town won’t be available again. This happens especially when a candidate registers late, hence he/she would have to pick what is available. On no account would JAMB change a candidate from his examination town of choice to another.”
Oloyede commended the commissioners for their critical roles as political heads of the education ministry in their various States as well as their supervisory role during any UTME/DE examination. He added that the Commissioners were invited to the meeting in order to seek their support for the Board’s 2021/22 UTME/DE registration and examination exercise.” The Registrar equally informed the Commissioners that the Board hoped to leverage on their various platforms and connection to the grassroots to achieve a seamless outcome of its processes in their respective states.
Furthermore, the Registrar used the opportunity to communicate the directive of the Hon. Minister of Education on the use of National Identity Number(NIN) as a prerequisite for candidates’ registration for the 2021/22 UT M E /DE . He a ls o b ri e f e d t h e Commissioners on measures aimed at streamlining the registration procedures, addressing the various challenges associated with loss of ePins and the Board’s ticketing system, among others. Prof. Oloyede also informed the Commissioners of the important dates in the 2021/22 processes. These, he said, included the commencement date for 2021/22 UTME/DE registration fixed for 8th April to 15th May, 2021; the registration for the optional Mock-UTME candidates is to end on 24th April while the optional Mock-UTME is slated for 30th April, 2021 while the UTME is billed to hold from 5th June to 19 June, 2021. The Registrar reiterated the Board’s zero tolerance for any form of infractions in its operational processes.
In his words: “JAMB does not tolerate any infraction in its examination, registration or admission processes. The Board does not bother itself about the ownership of any particular CBT centre whether public or private. Its sole concern is integrity and once any centre violates the Board’s code of ethics, it would not hesitate to hand over the administrator of that centre to security agencies as well mete out appropriate sanction to the centre.” The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, in his contribution, disclosed that his ministry would be going around the various local governments in the state to sensitise the people on the upcoming 2021/22 UTME/DE exercise while requesting that all other necessary details should be provided to them through their respective e-mail addresses f o r e ff e c ti v e d is c h a r g e o f t h e responsibilities expected of them.
On their part, the Taraba State Commissioner for Education, Mr Johanes Jigem, and his counterpart from Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, pledged their support for the Board’s drive towards excellence. According to them, the Board, through the leadership of Prof. Oloyede, has demonstrated sufficient commitment and transparency and that it behoved on them to render the necessary support so that the envisaged benefits of the interaction could be felt at the grassroots.
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