The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced that the 2023 Direct Entry registration nationwide has resumed. The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede disclosed this at a press briefing on Monday in Abuja.
The head of JAMB stated that the registration for DE will come to an end on April 28, 2023 and expressed concern about the widespread fabrication of A Level certificates used during the registration process.
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The JAMB Registrar announced that new guidelines have been implemented to prevent such misconduct. The registration for the 2023 Direct Entry started on February 20th, 2023, but had to be halted immediately due to the numerous devices and schemes used to cheat and undermine the required A' Level qualifications for DE candidates. This discovery was made after recent joint operations between the Federal Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to investigate DE qualifications. Additionally, Bayero University in Kano has highlighted the rampant forgery of A' Level qualifications for DE. For instance, it was discovered that in previous years, some candidates used unacceptable and forged A’ level certificates/qualifications to register for Direct Entry and eventually got admitted. For example, out of 148 candidates verified by BUK, only six were found to be genuine. By implication, 142 of the results were forged.
The concerned parties and institutions are working diligently to identify and address any issues, while those that have already been discovered are being handled according to the law. In relation to the 2023 Direct Entry registration, the Board will only accept 13 qualifications or certificates, including first degrees, diplomas, and various other certifications. Candidates who registered for the 2023 DE prior to the suspension of the exercise will be required to update their application at the registration centers. The data bank established to tackle issues related to A’ Level qualifications has been renamed as the 'Nigeria Post-secondary Education Data System,' as disclosed by the JAMB boss.
the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has introduced new measures for the conduct of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). One of the major features of this new dispensation is that no examination will be allowed to take place after one hour of its scheduled start time. This is because the Board has discovered that some centres deliberately delay the commencement of the exam to give some candidates an undue advantage.
If, for any reason, a session cannot start within one hour of its scheduled start time, it will be automatically rescheduled. Affected candidates are expected to leave the examination hall and wait in the waiting hall for the new scheduled time and place, which may be the same or the following day.
JAMB has assured the public that the new measures have been tested and certified, but there may be unforeseen circumstances that could arise during the live and nationwide deployment of the new technology. The Board has called for support and understanding from all stakeholders as it promptly addresses any issues that may arise.