JAMB Teams Up with NCC to Provide Exclusive Student SIMs with Restricted Services | The Legend News

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The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, recently disclosed ongoing talks with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) concerning the provision of dedicated student SIM cards featuring limited services.

Underlining the growing importance of candidates’ registered phone numbers (SIMs), Oloyede stressed that these SIM cards are now indispensable for conducting critical operations.

During a press conference held in Lagos on Monday, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Board, additionally introduced the new protocol for admission acceptance.

“ Either a candidate sends ACCEPT/REJECT on his dedicated phone line to 55019/66019, or a candidate accepts or rejects any admission offer (programme change inclusive) with his/her fingerprint (biometric) at an accredited CBT centre or any JAMB Office.

“The above newly-crafted methods of accepting or rejecting admissions, are aimed at protecting the details of the candidates and upholding the sanctity of the admission process.

“With this new method, the candidates’ registered phone (SIM) is now more important than ever as it is now required to perform even more sensitive operations. We are in discussions with NCC on dedicated student’s SIM with restricted services,” he said.

He further revealed that seventy-seven percent of the 1,842,464 candidates, whose 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination results were unveiled by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Monday, achieved scores below 200.

Breaking down the results of the 1,842,464 candidates, the Board’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, highlighted that “8,401 candidates scored 300 and above; 77,070 scored 250 and above; 439,974 scored 200 and above, while 1,402,490 scored below 200.”

The Board is slated to declare the minimum benchmark for the 2024/2025 academic session admissions during its upcoming policy meeting at a later date.

Throughout the years, the admission benchmark for universities has typically ranged between 180 to 200.

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