No plans to reschedule UTME dates – JAMB Registrar

Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede has on Thursday said that there will be no rescheduling of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for any candidate unlike it was last year.

He stated this against the backdrop of reports that some parents had allegedly negotiated with some privately owned CBT coordinators who assured them of success at all cost during the UTME. recalls that the  2018 UTME began on 9th March and is scheduled to end on 17th March. Unlike the 2017 edition where there were rescheduled exams for candidates who missed their papers due to some technical issues, this year’s edition had been without such.

Professor Oloyede added that candidates whose thumbs were not recognised for verification by the biometric machines might have registered illegally.

He disclosed said that the board had arrested some operators of illegal UTME registration centres set up to defraud applicants.

“They were using something they call team viewer which will definitely give biometric problem because these candidates were not physically captured at the authentic centre.

“We would not be held responsible for that and there won ’ t be any form of rescheduling for anybody , I did that last year out of ignorance. ’’

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The Registrar also described the general conduct of the UTME nationwide as highly successful and attributed the success to use of improved modern technology which has prevented most illegal acts people were used to.

Impersonator paraded

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) paraded a suspected impersonator for attempting to write the UTME for his brother.

Oloyede commended the officials who caught the suspect as he was paraded before newsmen at the JAMB headquarters in Abuja.

According to the NSCDC officials,  the mother of the boy, who claimed to be a prophet, directed the suspect to write the examination for his brother.

The crime was committed at a JAMB CBT venue called Air Mas Computer Centre Madalla in Niger State.

While condemning the act, the Registrar said, “Parents need to disassociate themselves from this type of shameful attitude.

“It is against any type of parenting that you want to inculcate the spirit of deceit into your children ; I think even bad people do not want to be succeeded by bad people.

“The woman should have just said she is a mother and not that she is a prophet. You are doing something shameful. Do not bring God into it at all.

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“No religion would allow for a mother to tell one of her sons to go and write exams for the other.

“If someone is unfortunate to be corrupt , he or she should ask God to terminate it at his own level, but conscious efforts at transmitting that culture to the next generation is very painful.’’

Oloyede also used the medium to express displeasure at those hiding behind religion to commit crimes including examination malpractice.

“One said he is a Catholic priest ; there’s another one from Abia and now, this mother said she’s  a prophet, people in Nigeria just use religion to exploit others.

“They  go to churches, establish centres in the name of helping the church only to use them for their selfish purposes, ’’ he added.

How JAMB detects exam malpractices

Oloyede also explained that the board was able to detect, through the use of technology , that most of the cabling issues at CBT centres , were pre – arranged.

“Their intentions are to help people not knowing that we now have a device that monitors every computer system in every centre, via a code.

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“We are able to detect now , people who are able to write the exams, answering 180 questions in just 12 minutes.

“We also have three to four persons who wrote the examinations on the same computer at a session not knowing we have the identity of every computer.’’

The Registrar stated that it was in view of the latest developments that the board could not release some results on Wednesday.

Oloyede disclosed that the board had identified 14 centres across the country involved in malpractice and assured that the operators would be prosecuted.

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