JAMB Disqualifies 817 Candidates in 2023 UTME for Engaging in Irregularities During Registration. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has taken action against 817 candidates in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) after finding evidence of irregularities during the registration process at various Computer Based Centers (CBT) throughout the country.

JAMB Cancels 817 UTME Registrations Due to Irregularities Involving Biometric Fingerprints According to the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the registrations of 817 candidates in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been invalidated due to infractions related to the use of unauthorized biometric fingerprints in the registration process. Some registration officers at the 178 affected Computer Based Test (CBT) centers added their own fingerprints to complete the candidates’ registration.

Oloyede stated that the students, some of whom were naive and others who acted deliberately for impersonation, would be given another chance to re-register for the exam. The cost of re-registration would be borne by the CBT centers, as they confessed to their involvement in the irregularities and proposed this solution.

Oloyede emphasized that the board has the technology to detect any falsehoods and that all the registrations would be canceled. Candidates would be required to return to the original CBT centers where they were registered.

The JAMB boss revealed that allowing a registration officer or any other person to add his or her finger during capturing of a candidate’s biometric data can bring about impersonation in the exam as well as give such ‘strange’ persons access to change vital details including the exam center.

“By adding his or her finger to your registration, it means he or she can change all your particulars when you are not there. You know your finger is what is used to identify you. The person can change your examination center say from Lagos to Ibadan, and on the exam day, you won’t be able to write the exam.

“That is why we put in place a device that will throw up any strange finger that is not yours and that is why we were able to identify them.

Speaking on the recent suspension of five CBT Centres for selling UTME registration pins above the stipulated price, the JAMB boss said four of the five have been let off the hook.

He, however, said the excess payment would be refunded by the affected CBT centers to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) for necessary action.

Earlier during a virtual meeting with the candidates who had others donating their fingers (fingerprints) to them during their registration process, many of the students admitted the act while others claimed ignorance.

Source: Vanguard News

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