2019 UTME: 2 children of centre owner arrested over alleged exam malpractice

2019 UTME: 2 children of centre owner arrested over alleged exam malpractice

- Two biological children of the owner an accredited Computer Based Test in Lagos has been arrested by JAMB over alleged examination malpractice

- The arrested children were caught using their mobile telephones to screenshot questions of the ongoing UTME

- The exam body says no one will be allowed to write the examination at the centre again

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has arrested two biological children of the owner of an accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centre in Lagos over alleged examination malpractice.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the arrest was made during a monitoring tour of various CBT centres in Lagos state on Tuesday, April 16, by the board’s registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede.

Legit.ng gathers that Oloyede said over 100 “professional examination writers” had so far been arrested and handed over to the law enforcement agencies as over one million candidates had so far written the examination nationwide.

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The arrested children were said to have been caught using their mobile telephones to screenshot questions of the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

He said: “We were on our normal monitoring when this alarm came in that this centre, there was an examination malpractice that took place.

“I was informed that what they did was to take screen shots of the examination questions, compile them and forward same to some of these tutorial centres which, in turn, used the questions to defraud prospective candidates.

“Unfortunately they are not aware that we are ahead of them. We have put in place, cutting edge technologies that expose fraudulent practices intended to undermine the integrity of our examination.

“What they did here was to deliberately disconnect the CCTV, thinking that we would not be able to track whatever happened here through our central CCTV in Abuja.

“One thing these fraudsters failed to understand is that we do not repeat questions used as far back as four or five years ago, let alone using them for any of the four sessions we deploy per day.

“These questions have been standardised and so they can never be the same.

“So you see these kinds of things are happening in Lagos. You can then imagine what happens elsewhere.

“We will be glad if these fraudsters are prosecuted even if the centre owners are let off the hook."

According to the registrar, with this infraction, the centre will seize to continue with the board’s examination with immediate effect.

Oloyede said that all candidates previously scheduled to sit for the examination in the centre would immediately be moved to another one.

He said: “No one will be allowed to write the examination here again, because the centre in the first place, is not conducive for the test."

He revealed that some desperate parents were in the habit of paying up to 10 persons to sit for the examination for just one child of theirs.

Oloyede said: “You will discover that such a candidate who goes to university with his or her picture is not the same as the one who wrote the UTME neither was he or she the one who wrote the WASSCE.

“So what is going to happen is for us to find a way of ensuring more synergy between the assessment bodies and the institutions, in such a way that all sharp practices are nipped into the bud.

“We are also looking at building mega CBT centres for our examinations but this we cannot also achieve alone.

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“We have acquired a piece of land in Osun for that purpose, just as we have done in Abia. We are also trying to get one in Imo as we have high concentration of candidates in these states."

Legit.ng previously reported that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it would ensure a smooth and successful conduct of the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Dr Fabian Benjamin, the board’s head of media and publicity, disclosed this in Bwari on Tuesday, April 16.

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