- JAMB said some prominent Nigerians in high places did not write their UTME themselves
- Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said those people will be named soon
- The JAMB registrar debunked rumour that their server crashed
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede has said that Nigerians will be shocked by the outcome of its investigation into examination malpractice between 2009 and 2019.
The Nation reports that the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board spoke at the 23rd annual seminar of the Nigerian Academy of Education under the topic, “Admissions into tertiary educational institutions in Nigeria.”
Oloyede said some Nigerians occupying high position did not take the UTME themselves based on the outcome of the investigation carried out.
He said the board will publish the names of these Nigerians to shame them.
The JAMB registrar said a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has been hired to prosecute over 100 persons caught in various malpractices during the UTME which held between April 11 and 18, and who were arrested by security operatives across the country.
The registrar did not name the SAN leading the prosecution of UTME candidates and professional examination fraudsters.
He also spoke about conduct of some of its members of staff saying he could not punish every single infraction as he was more focused on his assignment.
He said: “If I were to be punishing every staff of JAMB that is committing infractions, I will not focus on the assignment.
“I will be going from one disciplinary committee to the other and my attention will be diverted.
“And that is why I go for the shortest route; once you are caught to have committed one infraction, you will not be assigned with examination duties again.
“It is a privilege, which I can withdraw. If you are that bad that I don’t want to see your face around me, I will transfer you to another place.
“If we have to take disciplinary action against all of them; look at it, today we have 100 people not less than 100 in police cells across the country who were caught for examination malpractices.
“I have appointed a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who is a former Solicitor-General to help me oversee all these so that the suspects can be brought to book.
“And my Director of Legal asked me, what offences should we charge these people for; for multiple registrations? And I said why can’t we go to the Examination Malpractice Act?
“So, my problem has started by having to draft the charges, despite the fact that we have evidences against them. That is the beginning of the problem.
“I will now ask to be paying my staff to travel out of Abuja to be testifying in court as they are adjourning month after month the cases and we will be wasting money and time on transport.
“So even now, what we have seen, I tell people that I am more tolerant of corruption in JAMB than when I was as a vice-chancellor at the University of Ilorin.”
Meanwhile, 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.
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.
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