The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued a statement that it does not accept bulk registration. Bulk registration is when a school collects large amounts of money from students who register to take the exam. Schools have been warned that they should cease this practice to avoid sanctions.Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
JAMB stated that it does not accept bulk application, a practice used by other examination bodies such as the West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), and the National Board for Technical Education (NABTEB).
JAMB, in its weekly bulletin released on Monday, said it has discovered that the problems experienced by some candidates during the registration process are usually cause as a result of group registration. To avoid these errors, JAMB advises parents to allow their children/wards to register the UTME on their own. so they can have a better understanding of how it works, and also have a better understanding of how it works. This will help them avoid mistakes that might lead to disqualification.
JAMB added that use of computer during registration is a major benefit for candidates who are technophobic, as the examination is computer-based. The Board further stated that some parents and guardians tend to interfere with the candidates’ registration process, depriving them of their opportunity to learn how to use computers and always making matters more complicated.
JAMB said it has also noticed that some parents unduly hasten the enrolments of their underage wards into tertiary institutions by cajoling them to sit the UTME when they are not mentally and physically prepared for such.
“These candidates are not yet ready at that impressionable age to handle the environmental influences of tertiary institutions, peer pressures and the rigours of tertiary education. It should be noted that,generally, age 17 or 18 is the appropriate entry age into tertiary institutions.
“While age 16 is only being tolerated, anything earlier is inimical to the overall developmental interest of the candidates, hence, we are charging parents to desist from incessant interfering in the candidates’ choices of tertiary institutions.”
Meanwhile, JAMB advised against the use of postpaid lines or special bundle package to register for the UTME, stating that such packages has the potential to hinder the delivery of profile codes expected to be delivered to the candidates’ registered SIMs.
The Board, therefore, urged parents, guardians and school proprietors to allow candidates handle the registration procedures by themselves and provisioning their wards’ phones with a minimum of N50 direct airtime.