JAMB vows not to process DE applicants with unverified certificates

JAMB Takes Firm Stance on Certificate Verification for Direct Entry Admissions

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued a stern warning that it will not process any Direct Entry (DE) admission applications without proper certificate verification for candidates who applied for the 2023 admissions. This announcement comes in the wake of the Federal Government’s decision to suspend the accreditation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo due to concerns about fraudulent practices.

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The statement was released on Friday via the official X handle of the Board, emphasizing the crucial role of certificate verification in ensuring the integrity of the admissions process. JAMB highlighted the need for authenticity and transparency in the qualifications presented by Advanced Level candidates seeking admission for the academic year.

The Federal Ministry of Education, in a statement signed by Augustina Obilor-Duru on behalf of the Director of Press and Public Relations, expressed concerns about Nigerians resorting to unscrupulous methods to obtain degrees with the aim of securing job opportunities for which they are not qualified. This concern follows an investigative report by the Daily Nigerian Newspaper titled “How Daily Nigerian reporter bagged Cotonou varsity degree in 6 weeks.”

JAMB has called on affected candidates to promptly contact their former institutions for the verification of their certificates. In an effort to expedite the verification process, the Board has communicated with all tertiary institutions that issued the certificates. While a significant number of institutions responded positively, some have been deemed lackadaisical in their response.

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To assist candidates in identifying non-responsive institutions, JAMB has provided links for accessing the list. The Board’s statement made it clear that admissions for the academic year will soon be concluded, and it emphasized that candidates from non-responsive institutions will not be considered for admission.

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The move by JAMB underscores the commitment to maintaining the credibility and integrity of the admissions process, ensuring that only qualified candidates with verified certificates are admitted into tertiary institutions. As the academic year progresses, candidates are urged to take prompt action to facilitate the verification of their certificates through their former institutions to avoid any adverse consequences in the admission process.

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