- JAMB may cancel about 50% of the 2019 UTME results in some states of the federation
- This, according to a JAMB official, is due to widespread examination malpractices, some of which were discovered through CCTV camera
- JAMB's spokesperson who also confirmed the widespread malpractice said the board will release the results after all the issues have been carefully reviewed
There are strong indications that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) may cancel as much as half of the results of its 2019 university admissions exams in some states of the federation.
According to Premium Times, a senior official of the examination board who spoke in anonymity expressed disgust at the massive malpractice recorded during the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that held between April 11 and 18.
The source said though all parts of the country witnessed malpractice, the situation was worse in some areas.
He added that the “fearless display of fraudulent tactics by some individuals including parents and centre owners,” would leave many people dumbfounded.
This, according to the source, is part of the reasons while the result is being delayed.
The source said Nigerians would be shocked if they were privy to the recordings from the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras installed across the about 700 centres used during the examination.
He said at least 50% of centres in some states would likely have their results cancelled.
“Those people, I trembled when I saw the magnitude of malpractice they perpetrated, in spite of the technological measures JAMB took. I don’t know what we can do again,” the source said.
“If you look at the CCTV camera recordings, you would now wonder whether these people thought we were just joking when we insisted on installation of CCTV cameras. I am sure they didn’t believe us because anybody that had believed us would not have tried what they tried in those places.”
The source added that many JAMB workers who took part in the conduct of the examination in the affected centres would face stiff punishment.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, confirmed the large scale exams fraud, but said the board would not stereotype any particular region.
Legit.ng gathers that JAMB had already cancelled all results in two of its centres in Abia state, shortly after the conduct of the examination on April 18.
The two affected centres, Heritage and Infinity CBT Centre and Okwyzil Computer Institute Comprehensive School, Ugwunabo, Aba, were summarily suspended and all candidates who sat for the examinations at the centres were reallocated to other nearby centres.
“All the results of all the examination sessions starting from April 11 to 18, 2019, conducted by the Board at those centres were cancelled,” JAMB had stated.
The JAMB spokesman said widespread cheating as confirmed by CCTVs are not new, He, however, lamented that impatience of many Nigerians had pushed JAMB to release results before thorough reviews of the recordings in the past.
He said: “What we have found out is that those who indulge in malpractice are usually encouraged by the impatient attitude of Nigerians who don’t always like matters being followed to a logical conclusion. That way, they always get away with their corrupt practices. But this time, we are patient to ensure that every single infraction is punished.
“We are crossing the ‘ts’ and dotting the ‘is’. We are almost done with the CCTV reviews, we have considered the reports submitted by supervisors, and we have ensured that centres where widespread cheating is recorded we are able to fish out the few innocent candidates so that they don’t suffer unjustly. So, very soon, we will release results.”
More than 100 persons were reportedly arrested nationwide during the conduct of the 2019 UTME by security operatives for engaging in one form of examination malpractice or the other, while more than 50 CBT centres were summarily suspended for allegedly aiding malpractice or over logistics challenges.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that JAMB on Monday, April 29, explained that it would not release the results of the 2019 UTME as earlier thought.
The examination body said the results would now be released within the week.
JAMB’s head of media and publicity, Benjamin said this in Abuja insisting that the results would be officially released ‘anytime’ within the week.
According to him, the delay was because the board had not concluded the process of the exercise.
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