To curb malpractices in it's examinations, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says that from 2020, candidates will register for its examinations with their National Identity Management Number (NIM).
This they reason would reduce the challenges of multiple registration.
Speaking on the topic “Understanding Reporting in the 21st Century”, Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head of Media of the board said this at a one-day capacity building workshop organised by the National Examination Council (NECO) for education correspondents in Keffi on Friday.
He made known that experience has shown that malpractice in the conduct of public examination, especially the UTME, actually begins with the registration exercise.
“Four days ago, we cancelled results of four candidates because of examination malpractices we discovered after the examination.
“The board is on top of the situation as it has the determination and technology in place to forestall attempts at compromising the registration process.
“An intrinsic part of the strategies adopted by the board is ensuring that its registration period is kept very short.”On issues regarding Biometric capturing
He said: “In 2018, we have about 24,490 biometric challenges but we have been able to bring this down to 22 in 2019; but if we are able to stand on our ground by 2020, we will not have any biometric challenges,”.
He also made it known that the registration of candidates would now take 30 days instead of a longer period to contain the chances of fraudsters’ strategies misuse the lenghty time.
He appealed to parents to desist from encouraging their children to commit examination malpractices. Benjamin added that the board, in conforming with international best practices, would take care of people with special needs through the ICT capacity building and empowerment programme.
The board hopes to partner with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to reduce impersonifications in it's examination through compulsory NIM registration.