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JAMB Mandates Biometric Verification for All Candidate

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CEM REPORT, EDUCATION | In its effort to curtail examination malpractices the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it will no longer conduct mop-up examinations for candidates of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) who are not bio-metrically verified.

This is according to JAMB’s Weekly Bulletin from the office of the Registrar released earlier in the week.

JAMBJAMB says the introduction of technology that includes biometric capturing of candidates’ 10 fingers will strengthen its efforts against examination malpractice.


“Examination malpractice remained one of the major obstacles faced by all public examination bodies globally, hence, the need for it to consistently take steps to confront the monster.

“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.’’

The decision implies that UTME candidates will no longer be allowed to sit for its examination without first being biometrically verified as all 10 fingers of the candidate must be captured at the point of registration.

“The board has decided that the 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.

“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.’’

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The board said that any scenario other than the above was an invitation to examine a security breach.

The bulletin also stated that the management had scheduled a 5-day annual retreat from September 18 to September 23 to review and assess its performance in all facets of its operational processes, including the 2022 UTME.

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