The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that it will not rescind its decision on the use of biometrics in the conduct of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was disclosed in the board’s weekly bulletin issued on Sunday in Lagos.
The weekly bulletin stated that the importance of biometrics in the conduct of the board’s examination cannot be overemphasized.
The Biometrics Verification Machine (BVM) was introduced by the board in an attempt to get rid of the several forms of exam malpractice. The BVM is a security mechanism used for the authentication of candidates’ identity as it provides access to the individual data, based on physiological characteristics.
“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 ten 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 fingerprint recognition to eliminate all forms of infractions. Biometric security is surely a breakthrough for the board because the fingerprints recognition technology provides a greater degree of security as it is impossible to steal, forget, lose or compromise data already captured.
“Therefore, the adoption of biometrics in the conduct of our examination is here to stay,” the weekly bulletin stated.