It has been stated that self-registration outlets will be launched in Abuja and Lagos for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) examinations by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Dr Fabian Benjamin, the Director of Media and Information at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, made the news on Monday February 7.
Fabian explained that JAMB is introducing the self-registration outlets in order to capitalize on the increasing number of candidates who are computer literate and have strong digital skills. According to him, they are hoping that the newly implemented approach will, in the long term, minimize the crowds at the Computer Based Test (CBT) centers in the two locations where the tests are administered.
He stated that;
Besides improving the digital competence of candidates who believe they are capable of completing the registration process on their own, the thought behind this great proposal is to broaden the number of entry points for candidates who are compliant with the COVID-19 norms.
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“The service provider, Bankfort, expressed confidence in the enormous potential of the seamless registration mode, indicating that it is the standard rather than the exception in more developed countries.”
Aside from that, the board announced the inclusion of the USSD code ‘66019’ to the existing ‘55019’ code, which has been in use since 2018, for UTME/DE registration and other key services, as an additional and optional option to the 55019 code.
It explained that the initiative was launched in order to ensure that the 2022 UTME/DE registration process would be as smooth as possible by ensuring that candidates would have no difficulty in creating profiles, particularly in a situation where a large number of them would send requests via a single USSD code.
Prospective candidates for the UTME/DE in 2022/23 are need to use both codes while creating their profiles in order to be considered for registration.
He went on to say;
“As is customary, candidates are needed to provide their National Identification Number (NIN) via any of these USSD codes in order for their information to be pulled from the NIMC database before proceeding to any approved center for biometric capturing,” says the statement.
In addition, JAMB intimated that it was finalizing plans for the adoption of an extra USSD code, as part of its attempts to eliminate all impediments linked with the production of profile information.