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No more mop-up exam for UTME candidates with biometric issues – JAMB

No more mop-up exam for UTME candidates with biometric issues-JAMB; The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) decided that going forward, no candidate would be permitted to sit the Board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) if they are not verified biometrically. This decision was made in an effort to further tighten the noose around examination cheats and their collaborators.


The decision was made as a result of a thorough examination of the 2022 UTME process and stems from the need to plug any gaps found there. It should be noted that exam fraud is one of the main challenges that public examination bodies worldwide face, so the Board has consistently taken action to face this monster head-on.

It should be remembered that identity theft is one of the common ways that offenders pursue their evil objectives. The Board has introduced biometric capture of a candidate’s ten fingers during UTME Registration, among other measures, to combat this threat. This is done to ensure that there is a match between the fingerprints that were captured and those that the candidate presented at the examination site. The Board firmly believes that any alternative scenario invites examination for a security breach.

Because of this strong initiative to capture all ten fingers of candidates rather than just one or two from each hand as was previously the case, the Board has decided that the days of some candidates showing up at the examination venue and claiming they had trouble having their biometrics verified so they could take the exam are long gone.

Remember that the Board had graciously permitted such candidates to reschedule for the Mop-Up UTME, which was launched in 2017. However, after examining the procedure and its effects on the entire examination value chain, the Board recently realized the futility of such an arrangement.

There will no longer be a mop-up UTME, so the Management of the Board has regrettably decided that all candidates must be verified before they can take their exam.

Candidates must make it clear at the time of registration if they are having difficulty being captured, in order to be assigned to a center within the National Headquarters of the Board for close supervision. This is done to accommodate the small number of people who may actually have such cases.

This precaution is taken not only to sanitize the examination procedure but also to guarantee that the Board’s hard-won reputation is not tarnished.

No more mop-up exam for UTME candidates with biometric issues – JAMB

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