The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has made it known that any candidate with biometric issues will henceforth,not only come to its Headquarters in Abuja to resolve the issue but also write the examination there.

JAMB stated that the decision was taken after discovering that many candidates concoct a reason to cheat,using issues of biometrics .

The registration of candidates for UTME /Direct Entry, including those from foreign countries, commences from today,10th January till February 21.

Dr. Fabian Benjamin,JAMB spokesperson said in an interview in Abuja, that the decision would help prevent cheating during its examinations.

He made it clear that candidates with biometric challenge, who register in any of accredited centres in Abuja, will also write the examination in the nation’s capital.

Dr. Benjamin also said that the board was restricting the candidates’ registration to only accredited CBT centres so as to end candidates’ extortion,candidates’ data mix up, malpractices and also for the purpose of monitoring.


The spokesperson said, “Candidates with biometric challenges can only register at JAMB headquarters in Abuja. No other CBT centre is allowed to register such candidates, they will also sit for their examination at JAMB headquarters in Abuja.

“We noticed that some candidate(s) will just go to these centres and say they can’t register, then, they begin to ask for a reschedule or a special day.

“We will begin the sale of forms and registration for unified tertiary matriculation examination candidates from today till February 21.

“The period of sale or registration for all candidates (UTME /DE), including those from foreign countries is from January 10, 2019, to February 21, 2019.

“Also, the 2019 computer-based test examination will begin on Saturday, March 16 and end on March 23, 2019.

“For all complaints on JAMB processes, candidates can create a support ticket at (support.jamb.gov.ng) with his/her email address registered on the board’s site. The candidate then provides his/her name, phone number and the nature of issues, select a complain area on a dropdown and then summarised the nature of the complaint. He/she may also attach supporting documents (if available ).”

Benjamin urged candidates to register on time so that the available spaces on their town of choice would not be exhausted before their registration.

He advised all prospective candidates to hide their password from people in the process of registration.

He also stated that the board would conduct a mock examination for the interested candidates in the approved CBT centres so that they would get prepared and familiarised with CBT environment.

According to the spokesperson, the mock examination will commence from February 23.

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