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JAMB Takes Firm Stand: DE Applicants with Unverified Certificates Won’t Be Processed for Admissions

JAMB Takes Firm Stand: DE Applicants with Unverified Certificates Won’t Be Processed for Admissions

In a recent announcement, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has emphatically stated that it will not process any Direct Entry (DE) admission for the 2023 academic year without proper certificate verification. This decision comes in the wake of concerns raised by the Federal Government regarding the authenticity of degree certificates from certain institutions.

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The official statement, released on Friday via the Board’s official handle, underlined the crucial role of certificate verification in the admission process for Advanced Level candidates seeking entry into tertiary institutions.

The move follows the Federal Ministry of Education’s suspension of accreditation for degree certificates obtained from Benin Republic and Togo. The government expressed its dismay over the use of illegitimate means by some Nigerians to acquire degrees, with the ultimate aim of securing job opportunities for which they are unqualified.


The decision to suspend accreditation was prompted by an investigative report from the Daily Nigerian Newspaper titled “How Daily Nigerian Reporter Bagged Cotonou Varsity Degree in 6 Weeks.” The report shed light on the questionable practices some individuals engage in to obtain degrees.

Augustina Obilor-Duru, speaking on behalf of the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Education, highlighted the government’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of academic qualifications. The statement urged Nigerians to obtain degrees through legitimate means.

In response, JAMB has directed DE applicants to promptly contact their former institutions for certificate verification. The Board has communicated with all tertiary institutions that issued the certificates, noting a positive response from a significant number, while others have been less cooperative.

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To streamline the verification process, JAMB has provided links for candidates to access the list of non-responsive institutions. The Board’s statement explicitly warns that DE admissions without certificate verification will not be processed, and affected students from non-responsive institutions will not be considered for admissions in the upcoming academic year.

As the admission process for the 2023 academic year is set to conclude soon, JAMB’s firm stance underscores its commitment to maintaining the credibility and integrity of the education system by ensuring that only qualified individuals gain entry into tertiary institutions.

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