The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the start of registration for 2023 Direct Entry students in the country.
The JAMB registrar, Dr Is-haq Oloyede, revealed this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja. He also revealed that the Board has implemented new measures to decrease the number of incidents of applicants using false A-level credentials in previous years.
He said, “You will recall that the board commenced the 2023 Direct Entry registration on Monday, 20th February 2023, but had to immediately suspend it following the discovery of the plethora of devices and machinations to circumvent and compromise the standard of A’ Level qualifications required from DE candidates.
“Recall that recent joint operations of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission on DE qualifications brought to light some of these unsavoury and nefarious activities.
“Bayero University, Kano has also consistently brought to the fore the high rate of forgery of A’ Level qualifications for DE.
The Registrar assured that the stakeholders and institutions are working assiduously to detect such, and the ones already found are being dealt with according to the provisions of the law.
JAMB’s updated guidelines for DE registrants
Professor Oloyede noted that the newly implemented criteria are intended to reduce the number of false certifications submitted during application processes. He also stated that the 127 applicants who had previously registered for the 2023 DE prior to the suspension of the exercise will be asked to return to re-register and revise their applications.
He added that the data bank established to solve issues related to A’ Level qualifications had been renamed the ‘Nigeria Post-secondary Education Data System.
Professor Oloyede disclosed that only 13 qualifications/certificates would be accepted for the 2023 Direct Entry registration. These are;
- Bachelor’s degree
- University diploma,
- Higher National Diploma,
- Ordinary National Diploma /National Diploma
- Nigeria Certificate in Education,
- Interim Joint Matriculation Board A’ Level,
- Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board A’ Level,
- NABTEB Advanced National Business Certificate,
- NABTEB Advanced National Technical Certificate,
- NABTEB GCE-A’ Level (2015 – 2021),
- Higher Islamic Studies Certificate by NBAIS,
- International Baccalaureate
- National Registered Nurse/National Registered Midwife,.
The register disclosed that other measures would be introduced during the examination.
“The Board has instituted some measures which are to be deployed during the 2023 UTME exercise. Despite the fact that the innovations have been tested and certified, yet it is not unlikely that some hiccups might spring up when the new technology is deployed live and nationwide. We therefore solicit your support and understanding as we promptly address any unforeseen circumstances,” he said.
How to apply for the 2023 Direct Entry program
- Candidates must visit JAMB offices nationwide to register, as only approved offices can register them.
- Purchase an E-Pin at the jamb office.
- DE candidates would be requested to provide their Jamb Registration numbers with which they gained admission to NCE/NID/DIPLOMA and previous degree programs.
- After providing Jamb registration details, the E-Pin is delivered to the candidate’s unique telephone number.