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We will withdraw result of candidates involved in exam malpractices

Bukola Afeni
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said the Board would not hesitate to withdraw the results of candidates involved in malpractice after thorough viewing of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras deployed for the exam.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede
stated this during an oversight visit to the Board by the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.
He said some security personnel have been nabbed for abetting exam malpractices.
Speaking further, Oloyede noted that  only 40 cases of malpractices have been recorded in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), as against the over 4,000 cases in the previous year.
“This year examination malpractice dropped radically from over 4000, 5000 to about 40 and of the 40, not less than 50% of the 40 are traceable to institutions.
What we have this year is security agents trying to change candidates after they have been verified. After biometric verification, their parents would have paid security agents they will now smuggle them out and bring in a new person whose finger was not verified”.
 The board further said the introduction of the National Identification Number (NIN) in UTME registration has successfully flushed out fake people from the exam process as well as curtailed malpractices.
“The introduction of NIN helped. Many people were making noise saying the introduction of NIN will put people under pressure, that thousands would not be registered.
” To show the statistics, after we have finished with the old (normal registration), we opened the new one, we said everybody who had not to be able to take our forms due to NIN come and registers, bring a draft of N4000 so that we don’t just make fake people come around and they came.
“All of them were about 36,000, who were deprived because of NIN, but the gain for the country is better than 36, 000 that were not registered because of the fake number we were having.
” Last year we registered 2.2 million, yes it is money for JAMB but that is not the type of money a nation needs,” adding that only close to 1. 4 million candidates registered for this year’s exam because of the NIN which prevented dubious registration.”
The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on basic and secondary Education, Akon Eyakenyi, said the relevant information obtained during the visit will be passed to the appropriate MDA’s and the Ministry of Education to bring about positive change.
The committee commended JAMB for its great work in ensuring that the standard of education is improved in Nigeria.
 “The interaction with the registrar of JAMB has revealed a lot of truth that Nigerians don’t know as it relates to conduct of special exams like the UTME. I would like to appreciate the registrar and his management team.

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