JAMB cancels registrations of 817 candidates, orders them to register afresh

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB has cancelled registration of 817 candidates in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, who disclosed this after separate meetings with stakeholders, said the registration was cancelled over identified infractions bordering on use of strange biometric fingerprints in the registration process.

Oloyede stated that some registration officers in the affected 178 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres added one of their fingerprints to complete the registration process for the candidates. He, however, said the 817 students would be given another opportunity to re-register for the exam with the centres bearing the cost.

He said: “For students who allowed other people to add their fingers to their registration procedure, we found that some of them were naive, because you will hear them saying my finger was hot, and the man added his own.

“Some of them did it deliberately for impersonation but we can’t identify those who are genuine from those who are not. We will cancel all the registration and ask them to re-register.

The centres involved have confessed and they have come up with solution. We will cancel the registration of those concerned and send a message to them to go back to the same centres where they were registered, and the CBT centres will pay to the board the cost of registration of the candidates.”

The JAMB boss revealed that allowing a registration officer or any other person to add his or her finger during capturing of a candidate’s biometric data can bring about impersonation in the exam, as well as give such ‘strange’ persons access to change vital details including exam centre.

Speaking on the recent suspension of five CBT Centres for selling UTME registration pins above the stipulated price, the JAMB boss said four of the five have been let off the hook.

He however, said the excess payment would be refunded by the affected CBT centres to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) for necessary action.

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This article originally appeared in guardian.ng

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