The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says the slash in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME fee from N5, 000 to N3, 500 has increased the number of candidates who want to sit for the examination.
The board noted this in its weekly publication issued on Sunday in Lagos, adding that over 1.8 million candidates had registered for the examination.
“Many candidates been interviewed disclosed that they were encouraged to register when they discovered that they could afford the new fees,” the bulletin noted.
The bulletin also noted that the board will not rescind its decision on the use of biometrics in the conduct of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to the bulletin the importance of biometrics in the conduct of the board’s examination cannot be overemphasised.
The bulletin explains: ”The core value of a biometric verification process lies in its ability to provide extra layers of security and protection against counterfeiting and impersonation.
”The increasing threat of identity fraud during the board’s UTME before the advent of the BVM necessitated its introduction for capturing biometrics of candidates to counter fraud.
”The candidate’s 10 fingers are captured during registration and are used as clearance to admit them into the examination hall.
”There are various types of biometric solutions but JAMB opted for finger print recognition, to eliminate all forms of infractions.
”Biometric security is surely a breakthrough for the board, because the finger prints recognition technology provides a greater degree of security as it is impossible to steal, forget, loose or compromise data already captured.
”Therefore, the adoption of biometrics in the conduct of our examination is here to stay.”