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JAMB Bars Direct Entry Candidates from Writing UTME due to Name Changes

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) faces criticism from Nigerians over its decision to disallow Direct Entry candidates who have changed their names from participating in exams.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has come under fire from Nigerians over its decision to disallow Direct Entry candidates who have changed their names from participating in exams. Critics argue this policy hinders candidates from pursuing higher education.

JAMB spokesperson Benjamin Fabian responded that candidates must update their certificates with their previous institutions before proceeding.

Name changes in Nigeria, involving additions, subtractions, or replacements, are legally conducted through public newspaper publications.

However, JAMB has refused to register candidates with name changes, possibly to prevent the submission of fraudulent certificates.

The PUNCH reports that many candidates are distressed by this restriction, as it blocks their educational advancement.

Adeniyi Adeyemi-Reuben, who changed his name from Segbe Adeyemi Reuben in 2017, shared his frustration over multiple failed attempts to register for JAMB. He noted: “Even those who changed surnames due to marriage face the same issue. Despite numerous complaints, JAMB remains unresponsive.”

Adeniyi further criticized JAMB’s stance: “Is it wrong to change your name for genuine reasons? I can prove my certificates are legitimate. My second degree, NIN, tax clearance, Nigerian passport, and working ID all bear my new name. Why can’t I register for Direct Entry?”

Fabian clarified JAMB’s position, emphasizing the need for verification: “If your documents bear a different name than the one registered, you cannot be recognized as the candidate. You must justify any name change and ensure your previous institution updates the certificates.”

He added: “Often, people attempt to legalize others’ certificates through us. Their institutions should verify their identities.”

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