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JAMB uncovers 1,665 fake A-level results during Direct Entry registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that it has uncovered over 1,665 fake A-level results during the 2023 Direct Entry (DE) registration exercise.

The board also said the A’level results verification regime was characterised by corruption associated with the system.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this when he received the leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Colleges of Education Students (NANCES) in his office in Bwari, Abuja.

He said, “Out of this figure, 397 were from Colleges of Education, 453 were university diplomas, and the rest were other A’level certificates.

“It should be of grave concern if no one respects the certificate one is holding; hence, there is a need to safeguard the integrity of A’level certificates that are used to secure admission through measures that would stand the test of time.”

The registrar recalled that in the past when a candidate applied for DE, the board would simply ask awarding institutions to do the necessary screening and due diligence.

He stated that JAMB was shocked by the revelations from Bayero University, Kano, where out of the 148 Direct Entry applications to the institution, only six of the certificates forwarded for processing were genuine.

The registrar added that it was the discovery of the fraud that prompted the meeting of critical stakeholders, who met to chart ways of combating the menace.

Some of the measures suggested, he said, was the constitution of an A’level result verification task force as well as the creation of a common platform for the verification of A’level results and certificates. He said the platform was reliable and user-friendly, as it only takes five minutes to verify any given certificate.

Oloyede also disclosed that to underscore the importance attached to the exercise, the board has put in place a “No verification, No admission” policy.

While listing 15 institutions that have not sufficiently complied with verification requests from the board, he stated that the affected institutions, with more than 20 unverified candidates, would have to pre-verify candidates applying with their certificates before they could complete their DE registration process.

According to the registrar, the modification to the ongoing DE registration is that candidates could go ahead and register while the school verifies them on the back end.

He also declare that the 15 institutions, which were yet to fully comply, would have to pre-verify holders of their certificates before they complete their DE registration.

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NECO re-schedules 2024 National common entrance examination

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has re-scheduled the 2024 National Common Entrance Examination into Federal Unity Colleges and the Entrance Examination into Federal Government Academy, Suleja, Niger State.

In a statement on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Council, Azeez Sani, said the common entrance examination earlier scheduled to hold on April, 20 2024, would now hold on June, 1 2024.

“Also, the Entrance Examination for Gifted and Talented Children into Federal Government Academy, Suleja earlier Scheduled to hold on 4th May, 2024 will now hold on 25th May, 2024.

“The rescheduling of the two examinations was due to low enrolment of candidates.

“All candidates, parents, guardians, schools and relevant stakeholders are therefore enjoined to take note of the new dates for the examinations,” the statement read.

The Council also noted that registration of candidates would continue till the new dates for the examinations.

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2024 UTME notification slip ready for printing – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed candidates, who registered for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) to print their notification slips for examination.
The board disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday by its Spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin.
He said the 2024 UTME notification slip, which showed the date, venue and time of their examination, was ready for printing.
“All candidates, who have registered for the 2024 UTME scheduled to start on Friday, April 19, are urged to print their notification slips before the date.
“This is for them to know the date, venue and time of their respective examinations as well as some other vital information.
“To print the slip, candidates are to visit the JAMB website: www.jamb.gov.ng; click on “2024 UTME Slip Printing”, input their registration number, then click on print.
“The slip can be printed anywhere provided there is an internet-enabled computer,” he said.
He added that to successfully sit the examination, candidates were advised to print on or before Friday, 19th April.
This he explained was to enable them locate the venue of their centre, to prevent lateness on their scheduled examination date.
Recall that the 2024 UTME is scheduled to start on Friday, April 19 and end on Monday, April 29.
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Tinubu appoints management team, education loan fund

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of the three qualified Nigerians to serve on the management team of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND).

A statement issued on Friday by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) said the appointment is in line with the president’s determination to secure Nigeria’s socio-economic future by ensuring sustainable higher education and critical skill development for all Nigerian students and the youth.

Those appointed are;

(1) Mr. Akintunde Sawyerr – Managing Director/CEO

(2) Mr. Frederick Oluwafemi Akinfala – Executive Director, Finance and Administration

(3) Mr. Mustapha Iyal – Executive Director, Operations

With the appointment of the management team, the President expects that the necessary apparatuses are expeditiously put in place for the effective take-off of this pivotal Fund for the immediate and lasting benefit of Nigerian students and families in all parts of the country.

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