- The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is keen on making live easier for young Nigerians
- Its registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede disclosed that plans are underway to dump use of finger print for accreditation of candidates
- JAMB is set to use a new technology that will make the process easier
JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede has revealed plans by the examination body to dump using finger print for accreditation of candidates.
NAIJ.com gathered that the examination body is set to use a new technology that will make the process easier.
Oloyede made the disclosure while conducting an on-the-spot assessment of the ongoing UTME on Thursday, May 18 at the JKK Computer Based Test (CBT) centre in Lagos.
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Oloyede accused many Nigerians of being criminally-innovative to beat the system put in place by JAMB.
According to him, despite effort put in to stem incidences of impersonation and cheating in the exams, many candidates, CBT centre owners and parents still find ways to beat the system.
He expressed worry that about 70 percent of the private CBT centres engage in fraud, but that, henceforth measures would be put in place to stem cheating.
His words: "But as they try to beat us, we are there before them. We have seen many people you would call eminent Nigerians who are school owners, centre owners and even with PhD qualifications, who are engaging in fraudulent practices. It is shocking and embarrassing too. But JAMB is far ahead of them.
"It is sad to note that many parents are bunch of disappointments. In their efforts to cheat the system, many were discovered to have engaged the services of fraudulent operators who in turn engage the CBT owners for candidates’ registration. In the process, problems arose. Many have been arrested and more may still be arrested.
“As long as we are here, the sanctity and integrity of our examination will be protected. All the private CBT centres where the issues have been identified with won’t be accredited by JAMB."
He disclosed that so far, a total of 1,648,429 candidates have sat for the 2017 examination as at Wednesday, May 17, and that the results of 1,048,914 candidates have even been released.
Meanwhile, a 21-year-old candidate of the on-going JAMB exam in Nasarawa state has been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in one of the centres for being in possession of firearms.
Confirming the arrest, Mr Bashir Lawal-Kano, the state commandant of the NSCDC told journalists in Lafia on Thursday, May 18 that the suspect was arrested at the Nasarawa state Polytechnic centre during a search at the entrance to the hall.
The NSCDC boss said the suspect was arrested on Tuesday, May 16, after he was found to be in possession of a locally-made pistol and two rounds of live ammunition.
Watch the NAIJ.com TV video below of JAMB applicants complaining about the shoddy prearation of the examination body.