Prof. Ishaq Oloyede the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has mentioned that almost every challenge applicants for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations have experienced is due to their inability to follow simple instructions.
Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the board Director of Public relations, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement was titled, ‘JAMB: Over 80% of registration problems linked to candidates’ fault.’
In reiteration, the board had earlier extended the registration timeline due to the complaints by members of the public which varied from issues relating to the National Identification Number.
But the statement quoted Oloyede as saying, “Many of them (candidates) were sending wrong things and commands for NIN, making NIMC unable to verify such numbers.
“The problems are self-created by the candidates; you are sending messages for a profile code and no credit of N50.”
He went on to say that despite the extension, the number of registrants fell significantly until towards the closing date as only 1.38 million candidates procured the PIN for registration while 1.37 million completed their registration.
Candidates are still bringing in complaints of their inability to register due to lateness or non-delivery of NIN verification code, mismatch or wrong names originally submitted to NIMC, among others, prompting JAMB to announce another to two weeks for individuals with genuine challenges to register for the exam.
However, the board has stated that it will allow candidates with sincere reasons to have an extension of the registration timeframe.
“The exercise is for people to come and defend their claim on the challenges (they have with registration), those who claimed not to have NIN or obtained NIN late”
While saying there could be individuals with genuine cases, the JAMB boss said the exam body would not allow anybody, particularly fraudsters to outsmart its watertight system by making fictitious claims, saying such people would be detected and eventually screened out.