1.94million students to sit for 2024 Joint Admission Matriculation Board examination, says registrar

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that no fewer than 1.94 million candidates are projected to sit for the 2024 examinations in the country, adding that the pace at which examination board cleared candidates and captured biometrics made the exercise faster.

Penpushing reports that the Registrar of the board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede made this known on Wednesday while inspecting Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Kaduna state amidst the ongoing Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations.

The Registrar added that at the end of the examination as at Wednesday, there would be less than 100,000 candidates remaining in Lagos, Benue and other states in the country pointing out that this was part of the examination body’s re-engineering process towards ensuring hitch-free exercise.

‘Even today, I have seen something which we need to improve on, but most importantly, we have done so many things in the background to make the exercise faster, more efficient and better. We have increased the level of automation,” he said.

Penpushing further reports that Oloyede, however, frowned at examination cheaters, pointing out that it does not pay, stating that most of the problems Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) faced were impersonation.

The Registrar specifically noted that most of the cases were candidates who have double National Identification Number (NIN), adding that the board would take up the issue with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

‘The important thing is that we are ahead of the impersonators, we have arrested a father writing examinations for his son, the kind of parenting in this generation is uncalled for, I wonder what the father will tell the son if they are locked up in the same cell. We now have the facilities to check all sorts of impersonation and other malpractices’, he said.

Penpushing also report that the registrar, however, thanked parents for their support, recalling that in previous years; they were seen loitering around examination centres disturbing, stating that there was no report of such this year

‘There is no report this year of parents intruding, except one state. In that state, they felt since the first session failed, their children should not continue with the second or other sessions. Out of the country’s 775 centres, those who failed were not up to 20, and only one failed’, Oloyode stated.

‘Less than 30 of the centres failed at the first session because of ill preparation. When such things happen, the candidates should stay aside for the next session to move because questions are designed individually for a candidate,” he said.

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