Chris Steven, Abuja
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the release of the result of 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) withholding a total of 34,120 candidates’ results for various examination malpractice offences.
Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede who made the announcement on Saturday in Abuja disclosed that a total of 1,792,719 results were released noting that a total of 15,145 results of candidates who were found to have identical data were among those withheld.
Oloyede said a total of 1,886, 508 candidates registered for the matriculation examination in Nigeria and eight other countries.
Speaking on the delay in the release of the results, he explained that the efforts of the board at stemming the tide of examination malpractice were worsened in 2019 examination by multiple registration by candidates.
He further stated that the board had informed the public that the results of the 2019 UTME would not be immediately released like it was done in previous years in order to subject the results to internal scrutiny.
Oloyede who broke down in tears during the press conference lamented the extent to which some parents were aiding and abetting examination malpractice.
He disclosed that the board was incapacitated by the level of multiple registration by candidates which he said was done with the connivance of Computer Based Centres (CBT) operators.
The JAMB Registrar listed Aminu Saleh College of Education, Bauchi State University, Delta State College of Education and Ekiti State Collage of Education among centres where multiple registration took place.
He said with the help of biometrics, the board was able to detect all the multiple registration which according to him distorts data of actual registered candidates.
“We have multiple registration where one single candidate registered 23 times or 60 times,” Oloyede said.
“Ekwueme Chibuzor registered 22 times with different names, location and pictures. Nabilla Abdullahi registered 42 times while Mohammed Nafisa contributed her finger prints to 64 other candidates at Bauchi State University and in Borno one candidate registered 233 times.”
On the CBT centres who aided the wanton examination malpractice, he disclosed that 116 CBT centres have been delisted or suspended noting that 18 of them were previously sanctioned.
As a result of the multiple registration, Oloyede said the board generated over N200million from candidates who applied for correction of names which he described as premeditated errors.