BUK: How 142 Direct Entry candidates forged their A’Level certificates – JAMB Registrar

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JAMB Registrar , Prof. Ishaq Oloyede

By TOM CHIAHEMEN, Abuja –

Out of the 148 Direct Entry (DE) candidates recently verified by the management of Bayero University Kano (BUK), only 6 were found to be genuine.

 By implication, 142 of the results were forged, according to the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof.  Ishaq Oloyede.

Prof Oloyede made the disclosure in his remarks at the media interaction on the resumption of 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise and other related issues about the 2023 UTME and DE exercise held in Abuja on Monday.

The Registrar explained that the 2023 Direct Entry registration which the Board commenced on February 20, 2023 had to be immediately suspended following “the discovery of the plethora of devices and machinations to circumvent and compromise the standard of A ‘level qualifications required from DE candidates.”

He recalled that recent joint operations of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on DE qualifications brought to light some of these unsavoury and nefarious activities. 

According to him, BUK had also consistently brought to the fore the high rate of forgery of A’Level qualifications for DE.

“For instance, it was discovered that, in previous years, some candidates used unacceptable and forged A’ level certificates/qualifications to register for Direct Entry and eventually got admitted,” he added.

He announced that the Board, concerned stakeholders and institutions were working assiduously to detect such, adding that the ones already found, were being dealt with according to the provisions of the law.

He also disclosed that in order to further checkmate the anomaly and to also prevent recurrence of such irregularity, “the Board has decided that the 2023 DE registrations will not only be restricted to JAMB PTCs but will also be done under strict supervision.”

Continuing, Prof Oloyede  said, “the Board has provided additional guidelines to all DE registration outlets (JAMB-owned centres), Officers of the Board and candidates on the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise: –

  1. At the point of registration, all candidates must fill in:-
  2. Registration/Matriculation Number of the previous school attended where the qualification was obtained;
  3. Subject(s) of qualification;
  4. Awarding Institution;
  5. Institution actually attended.
  1. The Board will only recognise and accept thirteen (13) qualifications/certificates for the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise as highlighted in the table below:-
S/NQUALIFICATIONREQUIREMENT(S)GRADING (POINTS)
CERTIFICATE/STATEMENT OF RESULT HOLDERSCANDIDATES ON AWAITING RESULT 
AFirst (1st) DegreeIn addition to 4 (i), candidate must upload: Copy of certificate used in the application (statement of result can only be accepted for qualifications obtained after 2018)Letter of Admission, offered by JAMB, for the qualification obtained.    Not acceptable16
BUniversity DiplomaIn addition to 4 (i), candidate must upload: Copy of certificate used in the application (statement of result can only be accepted for qualifications obtained after 2018)Letter of Admission, offered by the University, for the qualification obtained.    Not acceptableDistinction – 16Merit – 12Credit – 10Pass – 6  
CHigher National Diploma (HND)In addition to 4 (i), candidate must upload: Copy of certificate used in the application (statement of result can only be accepted for qualifications obtained after 2018)Letter of Admission, offered by the University/JAMB, for the OND/ND obtained.    Not acceptableDistinction – 16Upper Credit – 12Lower Credit – 10Pass – 6  
DOrdinary National Diploma /National Diploma (OND/ND)In addition to 4 (i), candidate must upload: Copy of certificate used in the application (statement of result can only be accepted for qualifications obtained after 2018)Letter of Admission, offered by JAMB, for the qualification obtained.Not acceptableDistinction – 16Upper Credit – 12Lower Credit – 10Pass – 6  
ENigeria Certificate in Education (NCE)In addition to 4 (i), candidate must upload: Copy of certificate used in the application (statement of result can only be accepted for qualifications obtained after 2018)Letter of Admission, offered by JAMB, for the qualification obtained.Not acceptableDistinction – 16Credit – 12Merit – 10Pass – 6  
FInterim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) A’ LevelIn addition to 4 (i), candidate must provide the year and date of registration and also upload: Copy of IJMB certificate being used for the application.Letter of Admission into IJMB programme given by IJMB.In addition to 4 (i) candidate must provide the year and date of registration, INDICATE AWAITING RESULT and (ii) also upload Letter of Admission, offered by IJMB.A – 5B – 4C – 3D – 2E – 1  
GJoint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB) A’ LevelIn addition to 4 (i), candidate must provide the year and date of registration and also upload: Copy of JUPEB certificate being used for the application.Letter of Admission into the JUPEB programme given by JUPEB.  In addition to 4 (i) candidate must provide the year and date of registration, INDICATE AWAITING RESULT and (ii) also upload Letter of Admission, offered by JUPEB.A – 5B – 4C – 3D – 2E – 1  
HNABTEB Advanced National Business Certificate (ANBC)In addition to 4 (i), candidate must provide the year and date of registration and also upload: .  In addition to 4 (i) candidate must provide the year and date of registration, INDICATE AWAITING RESULT and (ii) also upload Letter of Admission/registration slip, offered by NABTEB. 
INABTEB Advanced National Technical Certificate (ANTC)In addition to 4 (i), candidate must provide the year and date of registration and also upload: Copy of NABTEB certificate being used for the application.Letter of Admission/registration slip into the NABTEB programme by NABTEB.  In addition to 4 (i) candidate must provide the year and date of registration, INDICATE AWAITING RESULT and (ii) also upload Letter of Admission/registration slip, offered by NABTEB.A – 5B – 4C – 3D – 2E – 1  
JNABTEB GCE-A’ Level (2015 – 2021) Only certificates obtained from 2015 to 2021 and on the existing database of the Board, would be accepted for Direct Entry admission.  From 2026, it would no longer be accepted  In addition to 4 (i), candidate must provide the year and date of registration and also upload: Copy of NABTEB certificate being used for the application.Letter of Admission/registration slip into the NABTEB programme by NABTEB.  Totally non-existentA – 5B – 4C – 3D – 2E – 1  
KHigher Islamic Studies Certificate (HIS) by NBAIS To be accepted for Direct Entry admission for studies into Arabic, Islamic and Sharia related only.In addition to 4 (i), candidate must provide the year and date of registration and also upload: Copy of NBAIS certificate used in the application.Letter of Admission into the NBAIS Programme by NBAIS.    In addition to 4 (i) candidate must provide the year and date of registration, INDICATE AWAITING RESULT and (ii) also upload Letter of Admission, offered by NBAIS.A – 5B – 4C – 3D – 2E – 1  
LInternational Baccalaureate (IBN) For foreign certificates only.In addition to 4 (i), candidate must provide the year and date of registration and also upload a copy of certificate being used for the application  Not acceptable 
MNational Registered Nurse /National Registered Midwife (NRN/NRM)In addition to 4 (i), candidate must upload: Copy of certificate being used for the application   Letter of Admission offered by the awarding Institution, for the qualification obtained  Not acceptableDistinction – 16Upper Credit – 12Lower Credit – 10Pass – 6  

He announced that for those who desire to upgrade from UTME to DE, only candidates with 2023 qualifications (in view) and who also uploaded the required Awaiting Result documents would be allowed to do so (with effect from 2024 registration).

On the 127 candidates who had earlier registered for the 2023 DE before the exercise was suspended, the Registry said they would be requested to return to the registration centres and update their application, so as to comply with the new registration processes.

The JAMB Registrar also revealed that following the enormity of the challenges associated with the A ’level qualifications and stakeholders determined efforts to address them, an A ’level bank was instituted under the chairmanship of the former Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Prof Muhammad Yahuza Bello.

 The Data Bank has now been renamed “Nigeria Post-secondary Education Data System (NIPEDS),” he said.

“The conversion to NIPEDS is to streamline the functions of the A ’level bank in line with international standard thereby bringing total sanity to the entire process of A ’level qualifications that has been fraudulently manipulated by some candidates to gain undue advantage in securing admission into Year Two of the University Degree programmes,” he added.

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