By Abba Gwale
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has said candidates can now register for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration without using their personal email address.
The registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, said this in Abuja while addressing journalists on the use of email address during registration.
He said candidates will have the following options to access their profile during or after registration.
He said “As from Thursday, 15th April, 2021, candidates will no longer be required to provide any email address during registration.”
“The use of Mobile APP on the candidates’ phone and on the 55019 option (being designed) for example admission status checking, will be used for registration, admission, etc on their profile.
“Printing of examination slip (Notification) or Result notification slip or ticketing can be done anywhere using the candidates JAMB registration number only,” he said.
Explaining further, Prof. Oloyede said candidates will only provide their email addresses after the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise has been declared closed by JAMB through (a) Mobile APP on his/her registered phone.
He said, sending the word email (space then the email address) on his /her registered phone to 55019.
“The email is typed twice for correctness (Email addresses will be entered twice for validation and prevention of typographical errors,” Oloyede said.
According to him, the new system is to make sure candidates’ information are not exposed to dubious Cyber Cafe operators and other criminal elements who in the process of UTME/ Direct Entry registration steal email passwords to commit fraud.
He added that the only major tool to carry out all the registration processes is individuals mobile phone number adding that, the Board has banned the use of cash for any transactions in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres owned by JAMB, saying only use of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards is now allowed.