Jamb Registrar Criticize Private Schools

Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), voiced his displeasure ar the practices of certain private secondary schools accused of extorting candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and mishandling their data.

During an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, Oloyede disclosed that these private schools mismanage the data of candidates who happen to be their students. He emphasized that the Board consistently mandates individual registration for each candidate using their personal phone.

Oloyede clarified that UTME is not affiliated with any particular school; therefore, schools should not collectively register students or charge fees higher than the official amount approved by the Federal Government.

“What we are urging candidates to do is to register at the center,” Oloyede asserted.

“UTME is not a school-based examination. Some private secondary schools are extorting candidates, charging higher fees than the official amount.”

He further explained, “Every candidate is supposed to register with their own phone, but these schools are mixing their data together. Even one institution, Federal Government College Bwari, requested special registration for people with disabilities, but it’s not possible. We register individual candidates, not cohorts.”

JAMB announced the establishment of 11 UTME centers last year, specifically for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).

Oloyede highlighted that these centers aim to provide equal opportunities for all candidates, especially those with disabilities. He mentioned that the centers were strategically located across the country to reduce the strain on PWDs and ensure accessibility.

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