UTME: JAMB ADDS TWO NEW SUBJECTS TO SYLLABUS

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) has added physical and health education and computer studies into next year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The board said the two subjects would help to widen opportunities for candidates so that they can access tertiary education.
Following in accordance with JAMB, OJCA have added the two new subjects to be part of OJCA approved courses (offered).

Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is- haq Oloyede said this during an interview with reporters after receiving an award of excellence from the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN).

“The next issue is the campaign we have just introduced; Physical and Health Education and Computer Studies as UTME subjects.

“We are asking and sensitising the public, particularly the students who are to take the exam, that these are two Science subjects that will be added to their choice to widen opportunities for candidates to be able to access tertiary education,” he said.

He said the board would go after students using fake certificates to secure admission.

“We appeal for support (on the issue) of fake certificates. Issuance and usage of fake certificates to secure admission into our institutions particularly at the A level candidates.

“We are working very hard to tighten the noose and make it impossible for those who engage in such an illicit action to succeed,” the registrar said.
The registrar also said the Board was working to clear the backlog of illegal admissions conducted by tertiary education institutions in the country.

Oloyede said the decision is to rescue students who have the requisite qualifications but were admitted illegally.

“(On) the issue of illegal admission that we want to put a halt to. We want to clear the backlog and ensure that those of them who have been improperly admitted but have the minimum qualification are rescued.

“We want to continue the campaign to discourage those who are committing such illegal action to stop doing such,” Oloyede said.

Speaking on the 2022 UTME, Oloyede said the Board has decided to adopt a cashless system in the registration process, adding that JAMB would also prohibit Computer Based Test (CBT) Centres from selling e-PINs to guard against extortion of candidates.

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The registrar said: “On our campaign on cashless CBT centres, particularly during our registration exercise. It is known that many CBT centres, despite the supervision, still manage to exploit candidates.

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“We want to put a stop to that, we have intensified monitoring but part of what we are doing is to ensure we protect the students against this extortion, and that is why we are asking all those (the candidates pay through us) and we will pay the centres (their service charge)….. with this anybody who collects money from the centre would have been seen to have done a wrong thing because you are not supposed to collect any money you…

“We are also going to ensure that ePIN is not something that they will be selling at the (CBT) centres. We will ensure that anybody who wants to sell ePIN will not be a CBT centre, once you are a CBT centre you have lost the right to sell ePIN so that we can hold the ePIN sellers responsible for what they do.

“Once you are a CBT centre you cannot also say you want to sell ePIN.”

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