JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.

JAMB introduces physical health, computer science subjects for UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has introduced two new science subjects for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, stated this on Saturday in Abuja.

The subjects are Physical Health Education and Computer Science.

“We are asking and sensitising 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,” Oloyede stated.

The registrar also noted that the board would soon clear the backlog of illegal admissions conducted by tertiary institutions in the country.

He said the move was to ensure that students, who were improperly admitted, but had the minimum qualifications, were rescued.

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

“We want to continue the campaign to discourage those who are committing such illegal action to stop doing so,” Oloyede said.

While noting that a cashless registration system was adopted for 2022 UTME, Oloyede said JAMB would also prohibit computer-based test centres from selling e-PINs to guard against extortion of candidates.

He stated, “It is known that many CBT centres, despite supervision, still manage to exploit candidates.

“We want to put a stop to that; we have intensified monitoring, but part of what we are doing is to ensure that we protect the students against this extortion.

“We will ensure that anybody who wants to sell ePIN will not be a CBT centre operator. Once you are a CBT centre operator, you have lost the right to sell ePIN, so that we can hold the ePIN sellers responsible for what they do.”

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