August 15, 2022

JAMB: Thousands of candidates likely to miss 2021 UTME

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Kaduna State Chapter of the apex students union in the country says that thousands of candidates may miss this year’s JAMB.

NANS raises concerns about the examination due to hitches in their NIN/Profile code. 

Huzaifa Bello, NANS Chairman in Kaduna says JAMB had shut out thousands of candidates who were unable to obtain profile codes before May 27 from registering online for this year’s examinations.

As a result, inundated with calls and all manner of correspondences by students, parents and other concerned persons who have expressed their dissatisfaction and bitterness at this decision taken by the Board.

“Obtaining a profile code is mandatory for all prospective JAMB candidates.

“This year’s procedure has been plagued with numerous challenges due to the requirement that candidates have to link their phone numbers with their National Identity Number (NIN).

“These challenges have already caused a shift in the closing date for registration from May 15 to May 29 and a shift in the examination dates as well.

“But even with the latest two weeks extension granted by JAMB yesterday (Monday), thousands of candidates are still out there without the mandatory profile code.

“From available statistics the board has only registered about 1.3 million candidates as compared to over two million it did last year and this figure represents the lowest turnout for the exams in decades.

“The low enrollment figures are directly attributed to the NIN requirement and the difficulty in obtaining the “almighty” profile code which cost N50 per trial and could cost a candidate a couple of hundreds or some thousands of Naira before receiving the codes on their mobile phones,” he said.

“If the candidates could not obtain profile codes due to hitches on JAMB’s servers, within the previous two weeks extension, we feel the new two weeks extension is too short a period to address the hitches.

“We therefore call on the Examination body to further extend the closing date for another two weeks, making one month to allow all intending candidates register.”

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