August 8, 2022 at 4:57 PM #38985Student VillageKeymaster
Over 42,000 write UTME mop-up, JAMB registrar monitors
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has expressed satisfaction over the conduct of its 2022 mop-up Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held in 45 centres across the country on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the examination was for candidates who could not participate in the examination during the main exercise in May.
This was due to various reasons, including examination malpractices.
The board noted that after every exercise, it reviewed various reports from officials in the field and video footage of the examination.
It said this is normally carried out by a team of experts, with a view to detecting activities subversive of the process.
The board’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, told newsmen while monitoring the exercise in Lagos that over 42,000 candidates were participating in the examination in five states.
“Yes, we are here to monitor the conduct of this examination in Lagos.
“After a thorough analysis of the conduct of the 2022 UTME in 10 centres spread across five states of the federation where examination malpractices were established to have taken place, it became necessary to cancel the results of all candidates who sat for the examination in the affected states.
“Other categories of candidates rescheduled for the mop-up UTME are those with fingerprint peculiarities, BVN failure and technical issues.
“However, the fact that we are bending backwards to try to accommodate these categories of candidates is not an indication of failure.
“It is an indication of strength and an indication of the fact that we are aware that we are going to be accountable to God,” the JAMB boss said.
He decried the activities of some centres involved in aiding and abetting examination malpractices during the main examination held early in May.
“We have evidence of what happened in those centres. We had security information on when they were planning it.
“And so, we wanted them to do whatever they wanted and let us see the outcome and also the effect of what they had done on the system.
“But we now discovered that even if those who are planning these malpractices are 80 per cent, what about the 20 per cent innocent children; that is why we are rewriting this examination,” he explained.
According to the registrar, rewriting the examination has cost the board over N100 million.
He said that the fight against examination malpractices was non-negotiable with the board.
Oloyede said that because of the guilt of the centres involved in the malpractices, the owners had yet to come forward for their payment for the exercise.
“My advice, therefore, for candidates generally, especially those writing this examination here today, is that they have seen for themselves what all of us have made of the country.
“They are free to determine whether they want to continue with this system, or on their own, whether they are eager to create a better tomorrow, and the better tomorrow is not to cheat in the examination.
“They have seen for themselves that cutting corners does not pay, they have seen that they are repeating the examination, though it costs us a lot of money.
“The only shortcut to success is hard work,” he said.
On the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Professor of Islamic Studies appealed for a way out, so that students could return to the classrooms.
“As far as I am concerned, even if ASUU calls off the strike, that will not prevent it from happening again.
“I believe that what we should do is to look at the system and take some dry hard decisions.
“If we do not take such decisions, then we may be postponing the evil day,” Oloyede said.
Francis David, one of the candidates who sat for the examination told NAN that the lingering ASUU strike was another challenge.
He said that he hoped the essence of taking the examination would not be defeated by the prolonged strike.
According to him, the end to the strike does not seem in sight, especially as the country prepares for the 2023 general elections.
“All the attention of the country’s leaders now is on the forthcoming elections.
“This whole issue between the Federal Government and ASUU is demoralising, as it leaves the hope of most of us hanging.
“It is giving us cause for concern, especially as there are other students that are also waiting on the brink already,” he said.
NAN reports that centres visited by the registrar include: JKK ETC on Ikorodu Road, the WAEC International Office (WIO) Agidingbi, Ikeja and the WAEC Test and Training Centre (WTTC) Ogba.
August 8, 2022 at 5:02 PM #38986Student VillageKeymaster
Having thoroughly investigated cases of examination misconduct necessitating the cancellation of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in some centers across the country, as well as taking into cognizance the finger-print peculiarities, biometric challenges, and technical problems which prevented certain candidates from sitting the UTME as conducted generally in May 2022, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in the spirit of equity and fairness, has conducted a mop-up examination for the affected candidates numbering about 40,399 candidates on Saturday, 6th August 2022.
The mop-up examination, which took place in (45) centers across the country, was seamless given the various measures put in place by the Board for a hitch-free exercise.
It would be recalled that ahead of the exercise, a series of stakeholders’ meetings were held both virtually and physically to sensitize examination officials and emplace all necessary logistics for the smooth conduct of the examination.
In a statement made available to JAMBulletin on Thursday, 4th August 2022, 40,399 candidates were expected to participate in the examination across the 36 States of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. According to the statement, topping the list of the rescheduled candidates was Imo State with a total number of 8, 913 candidates.
This was followed by Anambra State with 5,786 while Lagos State had 5, 143 and Adamawa State, the least, with 65 candidates. On a general assessment, the 2022 mop-up examination was a huge success. The Registrar, Prof. Is- haq Oloyede, who monitored the conduct of the examination in some centers in Lagos, commended the process and gave assurances that the selection of centers for the 2023 UTME would eliminate all instances of center failure on account of technical challenges.
The Registrar was accompanied on the monitoring exercise by the Director, of General Services, Mr. Mohammed Shehu; the Director, of Legal Services, Dr. Abdul Wahab Oyedukun, and the Head, Public Affairs & Protocols, Dr. Fabian Benjamin.
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