The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that the use of email would no longer be required for the processing of registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).
The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, said this while speaking with journalists on Tuesday evening.
According to him, email would only be requested at the successful completion of the registration exercise by candidates to access information on the examination.
He said, “As from Thursday, April 15, 2021, candidates will no longer be required to provide any email address during registration.
“Consequently, candidates will have the following options to access their profile during or after registration.
“i. Mobile APP on the candidates’ phone
“ii. On the 55019 option (being designed) for example admission status checking, acceptance of admission etc on their profile.
“Printing of examination slip (Notification) or Result notification slip or ticketing can be done anywhere using the candidates JAMB registration number only.
“At the conclusion of the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise, candidates will provide their email addresses only after the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise has been declared closed by JAMB through:
“(a) Mobile APP on his/her registered phone
“(b) Sending the word email (space then the email address) on his /her registered phone to 55019.
“The email is typed twice for correctness (Email addresses will be entered twice for validation and prevention of typographical errors.”
Oloyede said the new system was to ensure candidates’ information are not exposed to dubious cyber cafe operators and other criminal elements who in the course of UTME/ Direct Entry registration steal email passwords to perpetrate fraud.
He said an individual’s mobile phone now remains the only major tool to carry out all the registration processes.
The JAMB CEO said the organization has phased out the use of cash for any transactions in the Computer-Based Test centres owned by JAMB but Automated Teller Machine cards.
He said the move was to frustrate the antics of touts who hang around JAMB CBT centres as well as prevent illegal charges.
Oloyede said candidates who are only keen on using cash can visit privately owned centres for their registration and other activities.
Earlier, a final year student of the University of Abuja, Adegoke Justina, exposed how she was lured to hand over her email details to a cyber cafe staff, who posed as JAMB staff.
Adegoke had visited the JAMB CBT centre in the Kogo-Bwari area of Abuja, to rectify issues with her admission when she was accosted by a young man who promised to help do necessary applications, only for him to be issuing threats and demanding money days later after taking over the student’s email address.
Moses Peter, the cyber cafe operator, nabbed by police over the incident, however, identified the perpetrator of the crime as David Ahmad, a student of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, who sometimes works in the cafe.