The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has explained the reasons behind some decisions taken by the board in the past.
The Registrar, in his conversation with Jamb bulletin, shed more light on which some steps were taken to bring sanity to the board, some decisions were taken but most people didn’t know the rationale behind it.
He also added that the board has devised a means to which relevant technology to know whether institutions would discover cases of impersonation and report or not.
He said, “When we take certain decisions, there are some who understandably may not know the reason or the rationale behind it.
“You will recollect that we are very strict about the issue of missing SIM cards used in registering for the UTME or DE early this year and, of course, a large number of candidates have complained that they had lost their SIM cards and the Board had refused to condone their request to either accept substitute SIMs or bypass its use.
“It’ll be irresponsible for us to condone such because as a government agency, we are aware of what the government is doing to sanitise the ownership of SIM to allow candidates to circumvent the well-meaning security process and other essential provisions of a registered SIM.”
“It is interesting to note that rather than doing a welcome back of their lost SIMs, many of these candidates had resorted to blackmail, not knowing that blackmail does not work with JAMB as we are poised to safeguarding the integrity of the nation and the credibility of our system.”
He added, “As for us in JAMB we are monitoring all institutions for compliance on our platform. We have devised means through relevant technology to know whether institutions would discover cases of impersonation and report or not.
“At the right time, we will make full disclosure of those we know are aiding and abetting impersonation.”
The JAMB boss added that tertiary institutions engaging in the change of photographs and biometrics of candidates contrary to the directive of the Minister would be sanctioned appropriately.