FACT-CHECK: Has Bayero University Kano Issued a Disclaimer on DE and UTME Screening?

Verdict: False

CLAIM:

A disclaimer spotted by fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on WhatsApp warns the public against believing the information on the commencement of screening exercise for Direct Entry applicants of Bayero University Kano.

The disclaimer also gave similar advice to applicants for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) into the same institution.

It read in part: “The attention of Bayero University has been drawn to advertorials online claiming that registration for Post-UTME and DE screening has commenced. The information is incorrect.”

It further said that the university would announce registration schedule using proper channels including, the university Website, National Newspapers and Media Jingles.

“Anybody who pays money into any account in respect of these registration is doing so in at his/her own risk. Please be warned,” the disclaimer said.

Also, a different claim also seen by CDD fact-checkers on Twitter said the screening for DE and Post-UTME has commenced and people should contact Godson on 09062137223 for enquiries.

FACT:

Bayero University Kano announced the commencement of screening exercise for DE and UTME for its 2020/2021 academic session.

Contrary to the disclaimer, the announcement by the university was published on Daily Trust on August 3, 2020.

Fact-checkers at the CDD can confirm that the disclaimer being circulated on WhatsApp and other social media platforms are fake. 

While the University confirmed that its screening exercise started on August 3, 2020, it did not release any disclaimer or mobile number that are currently circulated on Whatsapp and Twitter.

Clarifying the issue, Hajiya Amina Umar, Director, Directorate of Examinations, Admissions and Records (DEAR) for BUK said the university did not issue a disclaimer regarding its DE and UTME.

Umar said: “The disclaimer going round did not originate from BUK, it is not from us, screening exercise for DE and UTME for the 2020/2021 academic session started on 3rd August 2020.”

Umar said the announcement to that regard was published on the university’s website as well as some national newspapers across the country.

“The university has not also given any hotline, those needing further information about the exercise should visit website of the university and not to call any number,” Umar said.

She said the number seen on Twitter is not an official line for the university as DE and UTME screening is ongoing and applicants.

She also advised to applicants to visit the website of the university for details about the exercise. 

Umar also urged the general public to stay away from using the number to make enquiries about the exercise.

CONCLUSION:

Bayero University Kano has not issued disclaimer warning DE and UTME applicants against registering for the screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session. 

The disclaimer circulating on social media platforms is fake. The university has also not released number(s) as a hotline for enquiry on the screening exercise.

CDD is advising the public to disregard the disclaimer and always verify every information before dissemination.

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