The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that the use of National Identity Number (NIN) as directed by the federal government helped to reduce examination malpractice during the examinations.
The JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, made this disclosure on Wednesday during a news conference in Enugu.
“We were talking about the bogus 2.2 million candidates, but it has become clearer that more than 500,000 of such number are fake and duplication.
“And we were able to detect this through NIN and now we have realistic number of JAMB candidates,” the registrar said.
The examinations body boss frowned at the activities of some elements to sabotage the exercise, but they were all caught due to the system put in place.
He added that those students who visited a particular centre but could not write the examination would be rescheduled and new date fixed.
“Apart from registration fee, we did not collect any other money from candidates, but some pay as far as N25,000 to some elements to help them.
“Even some parents were paying N1,000 to somebody who did not finish primary six to help their children, but they will surely pay for it because we will delist them,” he said.
The registrar noted that the security situation in the Southeast was not as media and social media projected it.
The registrar said his team was at the Southeast to access what was going on with the conduct of the examinations as well as to visit new University in Ebonyi.
“I came here myself with four directors and nothing has happened to us.
“I want to commend the media for their criticism and support which made the 2021 UTME successful,” Oloyede said.