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JAMB introduces 2 new subjects to UTME

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has introduced two subjects ‘Physical and Health Education, and Computer Studies as subjects in the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination UTME.

This is to widen opportunities for candidates to access tertiary education.

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede stated this while receiving Award from the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN) in Abuja.

“We have just introduced; Physical and Health Education and Computer Studies as UTME subjects. We are asking and sensitizing 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.

Professor Oloyede said JAMB has also prohibited Computer Based Test (CBT) centres from selling e-PINs to guard against the extortion of candidates.

He explained that the move of stopping CBT centres from selling e-PINs was to ensure effective monitoring of the process.

JAMB’s Registrar, Professor Oloyede noted that the board would soon clear the backlog of illegal admissions conducted by tertiary education institutions in the country.

JAMB had recently uncovered 706,189 illegal admissions by universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and other related institutions.

“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,” Professor Oloyede said.

He expressed appreciation to ECAN for considering him worthy of the award of excellence.

The chairman of ECAN, Chuks Ukwuatu, said the Award of Excellence, which comes every five years, was bestowed on Professor Oloyede in recognition of his achievements in JAMB.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; editing by Abdullahi Lamino