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Information contained in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s weekly bulletin issued on Sunday in Lagos expressed the board’s decision not to reverse the use of biometrics in the conduct of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

It noted that the introduction of the Biometric Verification Machine was an attempt to get rid of various foms of examination malpractice.

It stated that the BVM was a security mechanism for the authentification of the identity of candidates as it provided access to individuals data, based on physiological characteristics, and this guards against counterfeiting and impersonation.

The board stated the the biometic security was surely a breakthrough, because the fingerprint recognition technology provides a high level of security as it is impossible to alter data already captured.

Based on the confidence in this system, the board says the adoption of biometrics in the conduct of its examinations is here to stay, and also went ahead to reassure candidates that their fingerprints would not be used for any other purpose except identification.

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