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JAMB Scraps Mop-Up UTME, Reveals Why


Sep 12, 2022

JAMB Scraps Mop-Up UTME, Reveals Why

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday as a way of curbing exam malpractice insisted that all candidates must be biometrically verified before taking the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

This is as the examination body announced the scrapping of the mop-up examination it introduced in 2017 for candidates who register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) but could not get their biometrics verified.

Naija News reports that the board in its Weekly Bulletin from the office of the Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, explained that the latest development emanated from the management’s rigorous review of the 2022 UTME exercise with the need to close all loopholes noticed during the examination.

It said it has come to the end of an era whereby some candidates will present themselves at the examination venue and claim difficulty to be biometrically verified and expect the system to allow them to sit for the examination is gone for good.

The statement on JAMB’s bulletin said: “It will be recalled that the board, out of magnanimity has allowed such candidates to be rescheduled for the mop-up UTME introduced in 2017.

“However, the board has of late, realised the futility of such an arrangement after assessing the process and its impact on the entire examination value chain.

“Consequently, the management of the board has regrettably resolved that all candidates must be verified to sit for their examination as there will be no more mop-ups UTME for whatever reason.

“To cater for the few that may have genuine cases of inability to be captured, such candidates are to clearly indicate such difficulty from the point of registration.

“This is so that they can be assigned to a centre situated within the National headquarters of the board for close monitoring.”

The exam body said the decision was not only necessary to sanitise the examination process but also to ensure that the hard-earned reputation of the board was not impugned.

JAMB observed that examination malpractice remained one of the major obstacles faced by all public examination bodies across the globe, hence, the need for it to consistently take steps to confront the monster.

It added: “No candidate of the UTME will be allowed to sit for its examination without first being biometrically verified. All 10 fingers of the candidate must be captured at the point of registration.

“To combat the menace of examination malpractice, the board has taken full advantage of technology by introducing, among others, biometric capturing of a candidate’s 10 fingers during UTME registration.

“This is to ensure that there is a convincing match between the fingerprints captured and those presented by the candidate at the examination venue.”

This article was originally published on Naija News