The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the use of email is no longer required for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration’s processes. 

The Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who stated this while addressing newsmen in Abuja, said email address, would only be requested at the successful completion of registration exercise by candidates to access information on the exam. 

Prof Oloyede explained that the new system was to ensure candidates’ information were not exposed to dubious cyber cafe operators and other criminal elements who in the course of UTME/ Direct Entry registration steal email passwords to perpetrate fraud. 

According to him, an individual’s mobile phone now remains the only major tool to carry out all the registration processes. 

“As from Thursday, 15th April, 2021, candidates will no longer be required to provide any email address during registration. Consequently, candidates will have the following options to access their profile during or after registration.  

“i. Mobile APP on the candidates’ phone

ii. On the 55019 option (being designed) for example admission status checking, acceptance of 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.

“At the conclusion of the 2021 UTME/DE Registration exercise, candidates will provide their email addresses only after the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise has been declared closed by JAMB through (a) Mobile APP on his/her registered phone

(b) 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. 

He stressed that the Board had phased out 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. 

The Registrar said the move was aim at frustrating the antics of touts who hang around JAMB CBT centres as well as prevent illegal charges.