JAMB Introduces Two More Subjects For UTME
Students seeking admission into Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Educations and other higher institutions will now have two more subjects to sit for in the yearly Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
The development was contained in an address in Abuja on Saturday, December 4 by the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede Naija News reports.
According to Oloyede, the admission seekers would now have the inclusion of Physical Health Education and Computer Science in their subject choices during the UTME.
“We are asking and sensitising the public, particularly the students, who are to take the exam, that these are two science subjects that will be added to their choice to widen opportunities for candidates to be able to access tertiary education,” Oloyede stated.
These according to the registrar, will widen opportunities for candidates who have missed admissions in the past due to poor performances.
Oloyede also noted that the board would soon clear the backlog of illegal admissions conducted by tertiary institutions in the country.
He stressed that students who were improperly admitted but had the minimum qualifications would now have the opportunity to be offered admission.
Naija News recalls that JAMB had recently uncovered 706,189 illegal admissions by universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other related institutions.
Speaking further on the board’s determination to curb illegal actions, Oloyede said: “We want to continue the campaign to discourage those who are committing such illegal action to stop doing so.”
While noting that a cashless registration system was adopted for 2022 UTME, Oloyede said JAMB would also prohibit computer-based test centres from selling e-PINs to guard against the extortion of candidates.
He stated, “It is known that many CBT centres, despite supervision, still manage to exploit candidates.
“We want to put a stop to that; we have intensified monitoring, but part of what we are doing is to ensure that we protect the students against this extortion.
“We will ensure that anybody who wants to sell ePIN will not be a CBT centre operator. Once you are a CBT centre operator, you have lost the right to sell ePIN, so that we can hold the ePIN sellers responsible for what they do.”