JAMB Extend the registration deadline while candidates grapple with difficulties

JAMB Extend the registration deadline while candidates grapple with difficulties

Except for a last-minute change, the Joint Admissions and Admissions Commission (JAMB) will announce an ongoing renewal of the registration deadline for the 2021 Unified Higher Education Entrance Exam (UTME) and the Direct Admission Program (DE).

This decision cannot be related to the difficulties faced by candidates when trying to generate the codes required for profiling using their unique national identification number (NIN).

PREMIUM TIMES has learned exclusively that from Wednesday noon, about 72 hours before the May 15 deadline set by the examination board, only 1,012,000 candidates have registered for the UTME and about 30,000 candidates for the DE program.

This is a low figure compared to the roughly 1.9 million UTME candidates and DE 200,000 already acquired during the same period in 2020.

The investigation revealed that as of Wednesday, some 600,000 potential candidates who have started the registration process have not yet received the required codes to be used by cellular operators on their mobile lines.

Challenges
Several selection committee officials who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES in confidence, claiming they were not authorized to speak about the matter, said the issue was caused by the adoption of mandatory use of NIN for registration.

“The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), which is responsible for issuing the NIN, should generate an associated number that will be given to applicants as soon as they enter the required USSD code. But it was difficult for the agency, mainly due to the lack of personnel and the lack of the necessary technical skills, ”one of the sources told our correspondent by phone.

Another source blamed mobile operators for delaying the response to the transmission of generated codes to candidates, stating that this is the worst outcome JAMB has recorded since accepting the USSD system at registration.

Some of the dedicated examination body staff who had to register using the same procedure before the exam also expressed frustration in their attempts to register for the exam.

“We continue to send codes to 55019 according to JAMB instructions, but we always answer that they are being processed and we should wait for an SMS. But the SMS does not come even after 48 hours. Now I can imagine the problem potential candidates face, ”a special employee, who did not want to be named, told our reporter over the phone.

Meanwhile, a parent, Bassey Udo, who wanted to change his son’s curriculum to continue college admissions in 2020, told our reporter over the phone that even after paying the required fee, he received the one-time password (OTP) required for a complete transaction. received over three days.

“We still cannot complete the deal. I spoke to MTN and was asked if I had activated Do Not Disturb on my line. But they found that I didn’t. Thus, they concluded that there was no reason to refuse to receive a communication from a third party. However, the situation remained the same. I don’t know what the fate of this boy will be if we fail to complete the assignment, ”Mr. Udo told our reporter.

JAMB keeps mom
Meanwhile, Fabian Benjamin, director of public relations and protocol for the investigative body, declined to comment on the matter.

He said he would “soon” respond to a PREMIUM TIMES request. However, his promised response was not received during the presentation of this report.

It should be remembered that the JAMB previously planned its fake exam for April 30, but later rescheduled it to May 20. The sudden change may be due to difficulty in recording.

Meanwhile, a senior source from the agency, who does not want to be mentioned, told the newspaper that the best solution would be to stop using the NIN for job seekers.

“If we do this, I can assure you that all teachings will be completed in two days. But we cannot, because the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy was impressed with our efforts and even wrote compliments to our oversight ministry as well as the Federal Executive Council. So we cannot return to this yet, ”the source said.

Before the exam, the exam is challenged to meet with “stakeholders” including members of various groups such as civil society and the media.

Network operators deny blame
Mobile operators, meanwhile, deny they are responsible for the problems candidates face when registering for the exam.

The operators’ umbrella body, the Association of Authorized Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), said its role is to “just deliver codes to candidates, not generate them”.

In response to inquiries from our correspondent, the president of the association, Gbenga Adebayo, said that delays could not be caused by telecommunications companies’ systems.

“Telecommunications companies do not manage the code generation process for candidates, we only provide ‘transport’ access to their servers and rely on an examination agency to generate the code. We do not manage their database and therefore are not responsible for generating the aforementioned exam code, ”said Adebayo.

Faced with a statement that the existing generated codes “have yet to be transported,” Adebayo said; “If the codes were generated and their servers did not download them to the operators, there would be nothing under the link to deliver. Operators are just a vehicle, and if their servers do not provide codes, the link (vehicle) will be empty. Maybe they are not saying something. Ask them again and have them show you the proof! “

NIMC not responding
When they asked for a response, representatives from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) did not respond.

The agency’s head of corporate communications, Jamila Ahmed, who was unable to receive many calls on her phone line, later responded to our reporter’s message that she was on vacation.

Ms. Ahmed also ordered our reporter to speak to a man who was simply named Kayode.

But attempts to contact Mr. Kayode were unsuccessful, as the mobile phone line he had been provided with failed. The message sent to this number had not yet been answered at the time this report was sent.

Source: – Premium Times

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