Multiple registration inflates number of candidates by 30% – JAMB

Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said, that multiple registration has inflated the number of candidates registered candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to up to 30%.

It said this while revealing how over 100 persons had been arrested at different locations nationwide in relation to examination malpractices while the exams held.

In an instance, a candidate was said to have registered 64 times in a bid to “ghost write” examination for 64 candidates since the exercise lasted for seven days, with an average of three shifts per day, per centre.

The information was contained in JAMB’s weekly bulletin released in Abuja on Monday. recalls that over 1.8 million candidates registered for the 2019 UTME, based on data provided by JAMB, and they participated in the exams between 11th and 19th April, 2019.

Another case of malpractices highlighted in the bulletin was that of two candidates arrested at Risk Global Business Consult in Ikorodu, Lagos, while using their phones to screenshot examination questions to forward to their accomplices.

It said that, on interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime and explained that they were in the business of selling questions to tutorial centers for N5, 000 per screen shot.

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JAMB said the offenders were caught with the aid of security officials in different locations in an attempt to execute their plans that was targeted at discrediting the integrity of the system.

It confirmed that the suspects have been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.

JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin said that arrest was a major breakthrough in its effort to sanitise the examination process and strengthen the integrity of the Board’s examination results.

He warned candidates against falling to the tricks of fraudsters who might make unrealistic promises to defraud them.

In a related development, also reported that JAMB said it would cancel the results of candidates who engaged in examination malpractices. It had declared thus while dismissing suggestion of possible mark deductions as penalty for that.

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