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JAMB, NCC Collaborate To Introduce Dedicated Student SIMs With Limited Services

ByHybrid News

Apr 30, 2024

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has announced a collaborative effort with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to allocate dedicated student SIM cards with restricted services.

Prof. Oloyede emphasized the growing importance of candidates’ registered phone numbers (SIMs), stating that these SIM cards have become essential for carrying out sensitive operations related to admissions and examinations.

During a press conference held in Lagos on Monday, Prof. Oloyede unveiled the new procedure for accepting admissions. Candidates can now either send ACCEPT/REJECT messages from their dedicated phone lines to 55019/66019 or accept/reject admission offers (including program changes) using their fingerprints (biometric) at accredited Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers or any JAMB office.

According to Prof. Oloyede, these newly crafted methods are designed to protect candidates’ details and uphold the sanctity of the admission process. He further revealed ongoing discussions with the NCC regarding the introduction of dedicated student SIMs with restricted services, highlighting the increased importance of candidates’ registered phone numbers.

Regarding the recently released Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results, Prof. Oloyede disclosed that 77% of the 1,842,464 candidates who received their results scored below 200. Specifically, 8,401 candidates scored 300 and above, 77,070 scored 250 and above, 439,974 scored 200 and above, while 1,402,490 candidates scored below 200.

The Board is expected to announce the minimum benchmark for admissions for the 2024/2025 academic session during its policy meeting, which will be held at a later date. Historically, the benchmark for university admissions has ranged between 180 to 200 over the years.

The collaboration between JAMB and the NCC represents a proactive step towards enhancing the security and integrity of the admissions process, ensuring that candidates’ information remains protected and confidential.

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