JAMB Arrest 100 Candidates Nationwide for Examination Cheats

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB Arrested One Hundred {100} Candidates in Nationwide Hunt for Examination Cheats and Malpractice During 2019/2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination {UTME}.

No fewer than 100 candidates have been picked up by security agencies nationwide as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), records a major breakthrough in its efforts to sanitize the examination process and strengthen the integrity of the Board's examination results.

The annual examination had been bedeviled by unwholesome practices of candidates, their parents and other accomplices. In particular is the incident of multiple registrations aimed at facilitating impersonation and “ghost” writing.

In addition, recent findings by JAMB with respect to biometrics, facial recognition and names among others show that multiple registrations bloat the actual candidates' registrations in any given year by as much as 30 per cent.

Interestingly, from the data available, it is evident that this unwholesome act is not restricted to any particular region of the country as it is prevalent in virtually all the states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The Board, in its unrelenting efforts to stamp out all forms of examination malpractices had synergised with relevant security agencies nationwide to entrap the culprits resulting in their apprehension.

Among those identified to be arrested was a candidate who registered sixty-four times in a bid to “ghost-writeexamination for sixty-four candidates since the examination runs for seven days with an average of three shifts per day per centre.

It should be noted that the arrest of the culprits was made possible by the comprehensive and mandatory identity checks conducted on those taking the examination with a view to fishing out professional ghost writers before the release of the results.

In a related incident, two candidates were arrested at Risk Global Business Consult, a computer-based test centre situated in Ikorodu, Lagos State, while using their phones to screenshot examination questions which they intend to forward to their accomplices who work for certain tutorial centres.

Although cell phones are not allowed in the examination halls, the suspects, who are relations of the owner of the CBT centre, brought in the cell phones in order to perpetrate the crime.

On interrogation, they confessed to the crime, adding that they were in the business of selling questions to tutorial centres for five thousand naira per screenshot.

The Board has since suspended the CBT centre involved in the crime from proceeding with the examination while its scheduled candidates were taken to suitable centres.