The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said that it would soon clear the backlog of illegal admissions carried out by tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Reports that JAMB had recently uncovered 706,189 illegal admissions by universities, colleges of education, polytechnics and other related institutions in the country.
Speaking after receiving the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN’s) Award of Excellence in Abuja on Friday, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB’s Registrar, said the move is to save students who have the requisite qualifications but were admitted illegally.
Oloyede said, “The issue of illegal admission that we want to put a halt to. We want to clear the backlog and ensure that those of them who have been improperly admitted but have the minimum qualification are rescued.
“We want to continue the campaign to discourage those who’re committing such illegal action to stop doing such.”
Speaking on the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Oloyede explained that the Board has decided to adopt a cashless system in the registration process.
According to him, JAMB would also prohibit Computer Based Test (CBT) centres from selling e-PINs to guard against the extortion of candidates.
He said, “On our campaign on cashless CBT centres, particularly during our registration exercise. It’s known that many CBT centres, despite the supervision, still manage to exploit candidates.
We want to put a stop to that, we’ve intensified monitoring, but part of what we’re doing is to ensure we protect the students against this extortion, and that is why we’re asking all those [the candidates pay through us] and we will pay the centres [their service charge] with this anybody who collects money from the centre would’ve been seen to have done a wrong thing because you’re not supposed to collect any money you.
“We’re also going to ensure that ePIN isn’t something that they’ll be selling at the (CBT) centres. We will ensure that anybody who wants to sell ePIN will not be a CBT centre. Once you’re a CBT centre, you’ve lost the right to sell ePIN so that we can hold the ePIN sellers responsible for what they do.
Once you’re a CBT centre, you cannot also say you want to sell ePIN.”