The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has reacted to Direct Entry applicants sleeping in the board’s headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos State, in efforts to complete their registration.
The Board expressed that is not unmindful of its obligations to its prospective candidates, who are willing to be registered for the 2023 Direct Entry.
This was made known by the JAMB spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin on Wednesday.
He disclosed that the Board, out of concern, for its candidates, had always strive to provide a welcoming and efficient experience for all. However, the general public would also recall that the Board had, on numerous occasions, urged aspiring candidates to always take advantage of the registration window and not wait until the last day before presenting themselves.
According to him, ” our experience with candidates over the years remains the same as some candidates, perhaps out of desire to secure undue advantage, would wait until the last day of registration in any given year to present themselves for the exercise. It should be recalled that the Board had commenced the DE registration in February, 2023, with almost all the registration points recording unimpressive turnout of candidates until the last week of registration and most significantly, the last day, when the traffic surged uncontrollably.
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” It might interest the general public to note that on Friday, 12th May, 2023, which was a day to the last day of the 2023 DE registration exercise, a huge turnout of candidates was witnessed at our facility in Lagos, and other States in the South-West with high number of A’ level institutions. The Board rose to the occasion by scheduling these candidates for different days so as to smoothly register all. This arrangement was going perfectly as the Board had subsequently proceeded to register a significant number of the candidates that same day.
” Curiously, immediately information got out that the exercise would likely be extended yet again, the turnout of these ‘prospective candidates’ dropped drastically with the Office registering far less than it did on Friday, 12th May, 2023.
” This has been the pattern for the past couple of years with aspiring candidates disappearing only to surface on the announced last day of the exercise.
” However, the Board, being wise to the devices of these so-called candidates, has implemented some innovative strategies in the 2023 DE exercise to address the series of infractions noted.
” This development was borne out by the discovery of the means by which fake A’ level certificates get into the system and, with the aid of latest technology, has ensured that such candidates do not succeed in their nefarious acts. The Board would not succumb to any pressure by jettisoning the new registration template for the old system which made it easy for candidates with fake certificates to register. ”
JAMB has proceeded to put adequate facilities in place to promptly attend to all aspiring candidates provided they submit themselves for the exercise on time and not wait till the last hour.
The Board however reiterates its position of not succumbing to pressure from any quarter nor be coerced into abandoning its technologically-driven processes to arrest the wanton illegality pervading the A’ level certification process.
Meanwhile, the Board expressed its determination to put all necessary mechanisms in place to curtail all incidences of infractions in the A’ level Qualification value chain.
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