JAMB Advises Candidates Against Group Registration, Use Of Postpaid Sims


John Igbede

In a bid to address the series of I complaints emanating from the ongoing registration process, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged parents (particularly the affluent ones), guardians and school proprietors to allow candidates to register for the Board’s UTME/DE in person.

JAMB said in essence the candidates should be allowed to go through the processes by themselves as the registration experience itself, by the nature of the UTME, may prove helpful in the actual examination.

The Board in the latest edition of its weekly bulletin noted that the unwarranted involvement of parents could deprive such candidates of the experience and the satisfaction they may derive when they come across related questions during the examination.

“Furthermore, experience has shown that most of these intrusive parents, guardians and school proprietors are complicating issues for the candidates. For example, the Board has discovered that most of the problems encountered by some categories of candidates, including some products of elite secondary schools, are traceable to group registration which leads, invariably, to a mismatch of data.

“ The use of postpaid lines or special bundles withholds or hangs the profile codes which were supposed to be received by the candidates. It should be noted that a candidate, having used a particular SIM to pull the profile code once, would not be able to pull the same profile code if he/she uses any other SIM afterwards because the first SMS sent with a SIM on a postpaid plan or any other special plans, would have tied their profile codes to that first SIM(line) thereby making it impossible for the new SIM to pull the required profile code thus inadvertently creating a bottleneck.

“Consequently, such subsequent requests to pull profile codes using a SIM on the postpaid plan or special plan will give only false responses like “insufficient credit” because, in the real sense, no money is on the SIM.

JAMB explained that when such a SIM is loaded with just 50 naira airtime, the response is instantaneous as the profile code is promptly returned.

The Board, therefore, urges parents, guardians and school proprietors to allow candidates to handle the registration process by themselves with the ordinary process of N50 direct airtime rather than any postpaid or special plan SIM.

“In the meantime, the Board is not resting on its oars as it is in constant touch with the various Telcos to put in place arrangements that will accommodate the discovered procedural errors of some elite parents, guardians and school proprietors.

“At the same time, the Board is warning the general public, particularly school proprietors who are fond of collecting exorbitant amounts of money to register UTME candidates to desist from the act as JAMB is not NECO or WAEC.

The Board said, “By implication, JAMB does not accept bulk registration as it only deals directly with individual candidates. Similarly, it has come to the notice of the Board that some parents unduly hastened the enrollment of their under-aged wards into tertiary institutions through the UTME.

It should be borne in mind that these candidates are not yet mature for tertiary education and this step is, therefore, not helpful to the candidates.

Generally, age seventeen or eighteen is the appropriate age of entry into tertiary institutions.

While age sixteen is only being tolerated, anything earlier is inimical to the overall interest of the candidates.

As such, the Board observed that parents involvement in these acts are doing incalculable damage to their underage wards as they are not biologically and mentally prepared to undertake university education.

Besides, the Board is charging parents to desist from undue interference in the candidates’ desires for tertiary education and warns that no complaints from any parents would be entertained as candidates know where to channel their complaints which is through the Board’s user-friendly ticketing platform.

“Undue interference by parents in the process of lodging complaints by their wards would only complicate matters. Therefore, parents are advised to free their wards, who are the new generation of Nigerians, from the corrupt tendencies of the old order so that they can forge their path to greatness by building the nation of our dreams.

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