JAMB suspends NIN Requirement for 2020 UTME

By Ekene Ifechukwu

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January 12, 2020

JAMB suspends NIN Requirement for 2020 UTME

Candidates passing through severe pains to register for NIN

3000 extra NIMC centers needed to meet the registration demand

NIN likely to be used as a prerequisite for 2021 JAMB UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said that it was suspending the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for as a prerequisite for the registration of 2020 UTME and Direct Entry (DE) registration until 2021.

See also JAMB plans to use drones and CCTV cameras for 2020 UTME

This was disclosed by JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.

He said that the decision was made to provide more time for candidates to get their National Identification Numbers (NIN) early enough for the registration since they would have a year notice.

Prof Oloyede further stated that the suspension was to address the technical issues experienced at some centres, noting that technical issues on ground with regards to the system of registration at the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC), was one of the major reasons for the suspension.

The JAMB Boss further lamented that the pains many candidates at present are going through just to get registered on time is not worthwhile, saying that the board would not inflict more pain on the candidates any further.

He added that the board would consider the use of NIMC for 2021 UTME as plans are underway for the provision of a more advanced system that would be more efficient for the exercise.

He also revealed that the exam body and NIMC would continue to share their intelligence reports as well as other plans for the smooth conduct of the exercise in future.

He echoed that the need for NIN as a prerequisite for the exercise was to tackle identity fraud during examinations.

The Director-General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Azeez, supportively said that the partnership with JAMB would continue while advising parents and candidates for the 2021 exercise to use the opportunity to acquire the number within the stipulated time to avoid last-minute rushes since NIMC have only 1,000 centres around the country for the exercise and would need up to 4,000 to meet the exam registration demands.

Ekene Ifechukwu

Ekene Ifechukwu is education writer. He has over 7 years experience in teaching and tutoring. He has taught in primary and secondary schools. He has affection for training children and young people. He aims at improving other people's lives through education.

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