JAMB says only candidates who undergo biometric verification will take UTME


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said only candidates who undergo biometric verification would take part in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and no exception would be entertained.

JAMB made this known in its Vol. 1, No 11 weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar and made available to The State Online on Sunday in Abuja.


The board stressed that biometric verification will be the only mode of admittance of candidates into its examination centres nationwide, saying that examination officials must adhere strictly to the rules.

According to JAMB, “Exemption mode is not allowed for any candidate. Therefore, no biometric verification, no examination and no candidate should be kept waiting if he or she cannot be verified but should be directed to contact JAMB.

“There is no other attendance register apart from the biometric verification. It will also serve as the attendance register during the examination, as photo albums will only carry pictures with no marking points for either present or absent.

“All examination officials, including security agents, are to ensure compliance with all guidelines, rules and regulations on the examination as strict adherence to the guide on compulsory biometric verification of every candidate is required.”

JAMB in the bulletin also listed prohibited items which should not be taken into the examination halls as watches, pen or Biro, mobile phones or similar electronic device, books, calculators, smart eye lenses, ear pieces, recorders and jewelry.

Others are key holders, ATM cards, erasers, Bluetooth devices, microphones among others, while adding also that spy reading glasses must be scrutinised.


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