The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the use of email is no longer required for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration processes.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who made this known while addressing journalists on Wednesday in Abuja, said email will only be requested at the successful completion of the registration by candidates to access information on the exam.
He said as from Thursday, April 15, 2021, candidates will no longer be required to provide any email address during registration, adding that consequently, candidates will have the options to access their profile during or after registration.
He said the options include “mobile APP on the candidates’ phone, on the 55019 option (being designed) for example admission status checking, acceptance of admission etc on their profile”.
“Printing of examination slip (notification) or result notification slip or ticketing can be done anywhere using the candidates JAMB registration number only.
“At the conclusion of the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise, candidates will provide their email addresses only after the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise has been declared closed by JAMB through (a) mobile APP on his/her registered phone.
“Sending the word email (space then the email address) on his /her registered phone to 55019.
“The email is typed twice for correctness (email addresses will be entered twice for validation and prevention of typographical errors,” Oloyede said.
The JAMB boss said the new system is to ensure candidates’ information are not exposed to dubious cyber cafe operators and other criminal elements who in the course of UTME/DE registration steal email passwords to perpetrate fraud.
The JAMB boss said an individual’s mobile phone now remains the only major tool to carry out all the registration processes.
Oloyede also said the Board has phased out the use of cash for any transactions in the computer-based test (CBT) centres owned by JAMB, saying only the use of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards is now allowed.
While saying the move is to frustrate the antics of touts who hang around JAMB CBT centres, as well as prevent illegal charges, Oloyede said candidates that are only keen in using cash can visit privately-owned centres for their registration and other activities.