The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has set new guidelines to curb forgery of ‘A’ level certificates as it resumes the 2023 Direct Entry (DE ) registration.
The Registrar of the board, Professor Is-haq Oloyede made this known in Abuja, while speaking to journalists on the newly set benchmark of the board for A level students.
Professor Oloyede who hinted that registration for the DE would end on 28th of April decry high level of forgery of A Level certificates for the registration.
According to the JAMB Registrar, the board had introduced new guidelines to checkmate such act.
“You will recall that the board commenced the 2023 Direct Entry registration on Monday, Feb. 20, but had to immediately suspend it following the discovery of the plethora of devices and machinations to circumvent and compromise the standard of A level qualifications required from DE candidates.
“Recall that recent joint operations of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on DE qualifications brought to light some of these unsavoury and nefarious activities”
Bayero University, Kano (BUK) has also consistently brought to the fore the high rate of forgery of A’Level qualifications for DE.
”For instance, it was discovered that in previous years, some candidates used unacceptable and forged A level certificates/qualifications to register for DE and eventually got admitted,” he said.
“For example, out of 148 candidates verified by BUK, only six were found to be genuine. By implication 142 of the results were forged.
At the point of registration, all candidates must fill in their registration/matriculation number of the previous school attended where the qualification was obtained; Subject(s) of qualification; awarding Institution; institution actually attended,” he added.
Oloyede said the board would only accept 13 qualifications/certificates for the 2023 DE registration, which include first degree, university diploma,
Higher National Diploma (HND); Ordinary National Diploma /National Diploma (OND/ND) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE).
He said others were Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) A’ Level, Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB) A’ Level,
NABTEB Advanced National Business Certificate (ANBC), and NABTEB Advanced National Technical Certificate (ANTC).
He also listed NABTEB GCE-A’ Level (2015 to 2021), Higher Islamic Studies Certificate (HIS) by NBAIS, International Baccalaureate (IBN) and the National Registered Nurse /National Registered Midwife (NRN/NRM) in the group.
Return to the registration
He said that the 127 candidates who had earlier registered for the 2023 DE before the exercise were suspended and would be requested to return to the registration centres and update their application.
Oloyede also revealed that the data bank put in place to address challenges associated with the A ’level qualifications had now been renamed “Nigeria Post-secondary Education Data System (NIPEDS)”.
He called for understanding while the board introduces new measures in the conduct of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).