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  • * Board Meets Saturday, Promises To Refund Candidates With Genuine Profile Code Issues

By JVINN Okafor (Managing Editor/Head, Education Desk)

There are strong indications that the authorities of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) might extend the registration exercise for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) which started in early April.

The possible extension is as a result of issues of poor internet services, inability to obtain the mandatory National Identity Number (NIN) by candidates, among other challenges. The 2021 Direct Entry (DE) registration is scheduled to hold from June 5 to 18.

NIGERIAN NEWS-LEADER Online field finding on Friday shows that the UTME candidates are still undergoing serious challenges of getting their NIN as a result of the problem of generating the required codes that would enable them to set up profile codes, using their unique National Identification Number (NIN).

Speaking with stakeholders on Friday on the current development, JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, said that his Examination Board was already considering an extension of the JAMB Registration in other to accommodate candidates yet to register.

The JAMB boss also revealed that over 600,000 candidates are still battling with registration issue, while about another 600,000 prospective candidates out of the projected 1.9million candidate for this year's exams, who have initiated the registration process, are yet to receive the required codes meant to be transported to their mobile lines by the network operators.

Prof Oloyede however stated that a significant number of prospective candidates who are yet to get their NIN might compel an extension of the registration exercise and the exam by JAMB. “We are holding this critical meeting to determine whether or not we should shift the examinations. This is primarily because of the introduction of NIN.

"A number of candidates have been complaining that their NIN has not been released by the agency responsible for that. From what we have seen, over 600,000 who had indicated interest have not been able to register. Today, we want to analyze why they have not been able to register after they have indicated interest, we will decide.”

Oloyede restated that the mock exam which is slated to hold on Thursday will hold as scheduled. The essence of the mock examination, he said, is to enable the board to test its system and also enable candidates to test their ability. He revealed that some changes have been made in the 2021 examination exercise and that the candidate examinations slip now has two pictures, which are the photos of the candidate who registered for the examination and the owner of the NIN.

The JAMB Registrar however noted that both pictures are expected to be the same. The reason, he said, is to expose any disparity. According to Prof Oloyede, JAMB had promised to refund monies paid by candidates who were unable to generate profile codes due to poor network or delayed response from telecommunication service providers.

But it, however, explained that the refund would not include the cases of those who engaged in wrong registration especially in the case of candidates who entered wrong codes while trying to generate their profiles.

Among the issues already causing so many hitches to include, instances of codes provided by JAMB for authenticating applicant's NIN after they had sent messages coming with errors, showing invalid NIN instead of the profile codes.

Angry candidates are beginning to feel frustrated with the whole exercise and calling on the government and the authorities of JAMB to urgently move to ensure a less cumbersome exercise to enable candidates to be able to meet up with the deadline. They also urged the JAMB to make adequate preparation for the candidates to sit for the exam. NNL.