The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, says the era of linked questions from cartel and exam malpractices in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is over.
JAMB Registrar said this while at the foundation laying ceremony of the board’s International Talent Resort Centre on Wednesday in Gbongan town, Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun state.
He said the exam body is highly sophisticated with new process especially with directive by Federal Government on the use of NIN for UTME had improved the capacity of the board to eliminate impersonation during UTME where no amount of blackmail would deter the board from its mission of ridding the education system of malpractices and examination syndicates in the country.
He also address the failure trend of some candidates which he refer to as “exaggerated uproar” on the poor performance of candidates who sat for 2021 UTME
The JAMB registrar said that many of the candidates who sat for the examination failed because of fake digital past UTME questions and answers in circulation by ” a cartel” before the examination.
He said: “Many may not have noticed that shortly before the commencement of 2021 UTME, a cartel published a fake digital past UTME Question Papers and was circulating fake questions and answers claiming to be genuinely from JAMB.
“Many parents who fell for the scam must have now realised how wrong they and their not so innocent children were.
“This explains why many students had to collapse in the examination hall when reality stared them in the face.
“This is a lesson for people to realize that the days of examination malpractice in JAMB conducted examinations is over and over forever”.
Oloyede also said that government and security agencies needed to pay attention to “miracle centres”, which he said was wreaking havoc on public examinations. He take the case of a tutorial center in Bayero university as case study
“A recent experiment by Bayero University, Kano, shows that as high as nine per cent of the A/level results being churned out (courtesy of these tutorial centres) are fake.
“Tertiary institutions also need to pay particular attention to the fact that these examination fraudsters parading themselves as tutorial masters are infiltrating vastly and deeply into the institutions’ Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) and Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB) units, wreaking untold havoc on the education system”.
He, however, said that with the standard of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres, the activities of the miracle centres had been eliminated in respect of UTME.