The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Wednesday made a statement that over 500,000 fraudulent applicants were discovered following the introduction of the National Identification Number in the registration process for the 2021/2022 test.
Prof. Isha’q Oloyede, the Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, made the announcement during a news conference in Enugu during his tour to the South-East to oversee the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and to visit the new institution in Ebonyi.
The registrar said the use of the NIN as directed by the Federal Government helped to reduce examination malpractice.
He said, “Before the introduction of NIN in the registration, there were about 2.2 million candidates for the examination, but after the introduction of NIN, over 500,000 candidates were discovered to be fake.”
He disclosed that the actual number of candidates that JAMB registered for UTME 2021 was 1,415,501, and out of it, 1,122,095 candidates had taken the examinations, while 66,111 candidates had yet to take.
According to him, the board has 650 examination centres across the country, out of which 30 centres have been delisted for performing below standard.
“Fifty-three centres are currently under watch, while 600 of them performed excellently.”
The examination body added that the students who visited a particular centre but could not take the examination would be rescheduled and a new date fixed.