Use of email no longer required for UTME, direct entry JAMB registration

By our reporter| The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has scrapped the use of email for the processing of registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry.

JAMB registrar Prof Is-haq Oloyede, who made the disclosure while speaking with journalists on Tuesday, said email would only be requested at the successful completion of the registration exercise by candidates to access information on the examination.

“As from Thursday, April 15, 2021, candidates will no longer be required to provide any email address during registration, he said.

“Consequently, candidates will have the following options to access their profile during or after registration.

“i. Mobile APP on the candidates’ phone

ii. On the 55019 option (being designed) for example admission status checking, acceptance of admission, etc on their profile.

“Printing of examination slip (Notification) or Result notification slip or ticketing can be done anywhere using the candidate’s JAMB registration number only.

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“At the conclusion of the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise, candidates will provide their email addresses only after the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise has been declared closed by JAMB through (a) Mobile APP on his/her registered phone.

(b) Sending the word email (space then the email address) on his /her registered phone to 55019.

“The email is typed twice for correctness (Email addresses will be entered twice for validation and prevention of typographical errors.”

According to him, the new system was to ensure candidates’ information are not exposed to dubious cyber cafe operators and other criminal elements who in the course of UTME/ Direct Entry registration steal email passwords to perpetrate fraud.

An individual’s mobile phone, he said, remains the only major tool to carry out all the registration processes.

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Oloyede also stated that in the bid to frustrate the antics of touts who hang around JAMB CBT centres as well as prevent illegal charges, the organization has phased out the use of cash for any transactions in the Computer-Based Test centres owned by JAMB but Automated Teller Machine cards.

Candidates who are only keen on using cash can visit privately owned centres for their registration and other activities.

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