July 14, 2024

JAMB and NCC Discuss Specialised SIM Cards for Students

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The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has disclosed ongoing dialogues with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) concerning the provision of specialised SIM cards for students, which would feature limited services.

Professor Oloyede, accentuating the mounting importance of candidates’ registered telephone numbers, underscored that these SIM cards have become indispensable for executing sensitive operations.

Addressing the media in Lagos on Monday, the Registrar revealed the novel procedure for admission acceptance.

He stated, “A candidate may either transmit ACCEPT or REJECT via their dedicated telephone line to 55019/66019, or personally endorse or decline any offer of admission (inclusive of programme alterations) using their fingerprint at an authorised CBT centre or any JAMB office.”

“These freshly devised methods for admission decisions are designed to safeguard the candidates’ information and maintain the integrity of the admission process.”

“With the introduction of this method, the significance of the candidates’ registered telephone (SIM) has escalated, as it is now pivotal for conducting increasingly sensitive operations. We are currently in negotiations with the NCC to establish dedicated SIMs for students with restricted functionalities.”

Out of the 1,842,464 candidates whose results from the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination were released by JAMB on Monday, seventy-seven percent scored below 200.

Professor Oloyede provided a detailed analysis of the released results, noting that “8,401 candidates achieved scores of 300 and above; 77,070 candidates attained 250 and above; 439,974 candidates scored 200 and above, while 1,402,490 candidates scored below 200.”

JAMB anticipates declaring the minimum threshold for admissions for the 2024/2025 academic year at its forthcoming policy meeting.

Historically, the admission benchmark for universities has fluctuated between 180 and 200.

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