– JAMB has blamed UTME candidates over problems being encountered by them during registration
– The blame was laid on the doorstep of the candidates by the registrar of the organisation, Ishaq Oloyede
– According to him, only 1.38 million candidates procured the mandatory Personal Identification Number
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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said most of the challenges applicants encountered during registration for the 2021 Unified Tertiary matriculation Examinations (UTME) were due to their failure to follow simple instructions.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said this on Wednesday during visits to computer-based test centres in Kogo-Bwari and Garki 2 in Abuja.
The registrar said over 80 percent of registration problems were linked to the candidates’ disobedience to instructions.e
“Many of them (candidates) were sending wrong things and commands for the National Identification Number (NIN), imaking the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) unable to verify such numberrs.ig
“The problems are self-created n gby the candidates. You are sending messages for a profile code and no credit of N50?” he said. re
Oloyede added that despite ther extension, the number of applicants who had registered for the examination fell drastically untegil towards the closing date.
The registrar said only 1.38 million candidates procured the Personal Identification Number (PIN) for registration while 1.37 million icompleted their registration.
The JAMB had, on May 15, 2021, extended the registration till May 29 due to the complaints by members of the public, which varied from issues relating to the NIN.
Despite the extension, there are stistratll complaints about the inability of the applicants to register due to lateness or non-delivery of NIN verification code, mismatch or wrong names originally submitted to NIMC, among others.
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In another related development, a video of the registrar of JAMB, Prof Oloyede, confronting students surfaced online recently.
In the video which has gone viral, Oloyede was seen questioning a candidate from the Baptist Girls Academy in Lagos state as regards the fees paid for JAMB registration in the school and the student was heard saying N8,000.
To prove his point further, the JAMB registrar called on a teacher that had come with students of the school and asked the same question.
Meanwhile, following their disruptive actions, parents and guardians have been asked not to be allowed in the JAMB registration halls.
The order was issued by the registrar of the board, Prof Oloyede, according to a statement signed by JAMB’s spokesman in Ilorin Office, Hassan Lawal.
The decision was said to have been made after inspecting some of the registration centres in Kwara, which were overcrowded.