About 250 candidates of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and over 50 Computer Based Test, CBT Operators are currently being prosecuted for various examination malpractices in the Country.
JAMB Registrar and Chief Executive, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who announced this on Thursday, May 7, 2020, said activities of unscrupulous candidates and fraudsters were major challenges facing the examination body.
Speaking on AM120, a live breakfast programme on the BCOS Television, Prof. Oloyede said JAMB has put several controlled measures in place to curb or minimize the activities of those who always wants to cut corners or use technology to cheat in examinations.
He said: “We have deployed trusted persons, so the supervision became intense and Resident Supervisors are now put in charge of clusters of 250 candidates. We also deploy detective services in such a manner that the possibility of escaping detection becomes impossible.”
Prof. Oloyede said JAMB has succeeded in minimizing the ignoble role played by several unregulated Tutorial Centers which he calls middle men and professional examination takers which aid and abet examination malpractices, adding that “we have attained a stage where anyone who intends to cheat will think twice as it now becomes almost impossible to go away with the act.”
While decrying the involvement of parents in examination malpractices, Prof. Oloyede said: “I can deal with the pranks of candidates or students; I can deal with the antics of those fraudsters, but what I find difficult is the involvement of parents. It is very sad that some parents who have faked their past still want to fake the future of their children, thereby creating platform to damage the character and integrity of such children.”
The JAMB Registrar said through the policy of openness and accountability which he initiated at the onset, the Board has continued to remit substantial amount of money to the covers of the Federal Government since he assumed Office in August 2017.
It would be recalled that, last Monday, May 4, 2020, JAMB announced a remittance of seven billion naira to the Federal Government, saying, the amount is part of excess funds generated in 2020 particularly from the March and April 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME.
Prof. Oloyede further explained that from outset, the present leadership of the Board decided to return whatever was left unutilized from its operational costs.