JAMB Resumes Nationwide 2023 Direct Entry Registration and Introduces New Guidelines
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the resumption of nationwide registration for the 2023 Direct Entry (DE) candidates. Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of JAMB, made this known during a press briefing held on Monday in Abuja. He stated that the registration would be closed on April 28, 2023.
However, Professor Oloyede expressed his concerns about the high level of forgery of A-Level certificates used for the registration. He revealed that the board had discovered several devices and schemes aimed at circumventing and compromising the standard of A-Level qualifications required from DE candidates.
He also noted that the Federal Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s recent joint operation on DE qualifications uncovered some of these unsavory and nefarious activities. Bayero University, Kano, had also brought to the forefront the high rate of forgery of A-Level qualifications for DE.
The JAMB Registrar disclosed that the board had introduced new guidelines to check such acts, and concerned stakeholders and institutions are working tirelessly to detect and prosecute those found culpable according to the provisions of the law.
Furthermore, Professor Oloyede stated that only 13 qualifications/certificates would be accepted for the 2023 Direct Entry registration, including first degree, university diploma, Higher National Diploma, Ordinary National Diploma /National Diploma, Nigeria Certificate in Education, Interim Joint Matriculation Board A’ Level, Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board A’ Level, NABTEB Advanced National Business Certificate, NABTEB Advanced National Technical Certificate, NABTEB GCE-A’ Level (2015-2021), Higher Islamic Studies Certificate by NBAIS, International Baccalaureate, and National Registered Nurse/National Registered Midwife.
The Registrar also disclosed that the data bank put in place to address challenges associated with the A’ Level qualifications had been renamed the ‘Nigeria Post-secondary Education Data System.’
Moreover, Professor Oloyede called for understanding and support as JAMB had introduced new measures in the conduct of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. He stated that the Board had instituted some measures that would be deployed during the exercise. Despite the innovations being tested and certified, there might be some hiccups that could spring up when the new technology is deployed live and nationwide.
Therefore, he solicited the support and understanding of all stakeholders as the Board promptly addresses any unforeseen circumstances. One major feature of the new dispensation, according to him, is that no examination would be allowed to take place after one hour of its scheduled start time.
He stated that the Board had discovered that some of the problems reported at the centers were contrived to delay the commencement of a session in some centers with a view to securing undue advantage for the delayed candidates. Consequently, any session that, for whatever reason(s), could not take off within one hour of its schedule is automatically rescheduled. When such occurs, affected candidates are expected to file out of the examination hall into the waiting hall and await the new scheduled time and place, which most likely would be the same or following day.