1.94 Million Students Register for 2024 University Entrance Exam in Nigeria

JAMB registers 1.94M students for 2024 UTME, warns against malpractice and impersonation. Registrar calls for more CBT centers to address challenges.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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1.94 Million Students Register for 2024 University Entrance Exam in Nigeria

1.94 Million Students Register for 2024 University Entrance Exam in Nigeria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that 1.94 million students have registered for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Nigeria. JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, expressed satisfaction with the examination process, but noted some cases of impersonation and examination malpractice.

Oloyede revealed that a father was apprehended for writing the exam for his son, and that some candidates have multiple National Identity Numbers (NINs), which the examination body will address with the Identification Management body. He also criticized schools that register students through third parties, and religious bodies that try to influence the exam schedule.

Why this matters: The high number of registrations for the 2024 UTME highlights the strong demand for higher education in Nigeria. The cases of impersonation and malpractice underscore the need for strict measures to ensure the integrity of the examination process.

The JAMB Registrar warned that those who cheat in the exams will be arrested, and JAMB has improved its technology to detect examination malpractices. "Those who cheat in the exams will be arrested either now or much later after the examination, as JAMB has improved its technology to check those engaging in examination malpractices," Oloyede stated.

Oloyede called for the support of highly populated states like Lagos to build mega Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers, similar to the one in Kaduna that can accommodate 4,000 candidates per day, to help address the challenges faced by JAMB. He also informed that JAMB cannot reorganize another exam session for candidates who missed the exams due to their own personal reasons, as UTME is not a school-based examination.

The 2024 UTME examinations are currently ongoing across 775 centers nationwide. Prof. Oloyede expressed satisfaction with the progress so far, with only a few centers experiencing technical issues in the first session. He assured that affected candidates would be rescheduled for the next session. Oloyede thanked parents for their support and noted that there were minimal reports of parents intruding around examination centers this year, with only one state experiencing such an incident.

Key Takeaways

  • 1.94 million students registered for 2024 UTME in Nigeria.
  • JAMB detected cases of impersonation and exam malpractice.
  • A father was caught writing exam for his son.
  • JAMB calls for more CBT centers to address challenges.
  • JAMB cannot reorganize exams for candidates who missed it.