The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has warned parents not to give in to any form of extortion during and after the ongoing registration for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Board’s Head, Media, and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made this known in Lagos on Sunday night.
It has come to the knowledge of the Board that some elite schools are using the name of the Board to extort a huge sum of money from parents under the guise that the Board has ordered such payments.
“The Board wishes to make it clear that unlike the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the National Examinations Council (NECO) and others, the UTME and the Direct Entry (DE) registration and examination exercises are not school-based.
“As such, schools have no role whatsoever in the Board’s operational processes.
“This is because these exercises require only the participation and engagement of individual candidates.
“Consequently, schools that are using the name of the Board to swindle parents of a large sum of money for the purpose of registration or other services, are hereby warned to desist forthwith,” Benjamin said.
According to him, these affected schools may wish to employ other means to extort gullible parents but certainly, such practice should not be at the expense of the Board or its processes.
Benjamin added that the information became necessary following the discovery of a series of data mutilation, owing to this unwholesome group processing of registration, among others.
“Parents are to note that the cost of the UTME forms remains N3,500 for the ePINs and N500 for the reading text and nothing more.
“Parents are to ensure that their children do this individually and not as a group. In addition, the CBT centres where the candidates register have been directed not to charge anything above N700 as their service charge,’’ Benjamin said.
On the Board’s advice on vending, Benjamin said it was important for vendors and candidates to know that certain measures had been taken by the Board to define the process of vending ePINs.
He said this was to serve as a guide against candidates exposing their personal data to fraudsters.
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