JAMB Candidates: Checkmating malpractices

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JAMB has partnered security operatives and agencies to curb cyber crimes and eliminate modern cheating methods used by fraudulent candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The Examination Board repeated that this year’s UTME slated for between April 11 and 18 would be sat for by 1,886,008 registered JAMB candidates.

The Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, announced the partnership at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja on Monday where he said the board also moved some key services to its registration portal to prevent commercial banks and cyber cafes from extorting money from JAMB candidates.

He described JAMB challenges as numerous; first is impersonation . Again, illegal  movement of routers to unapproved locations; the illegitimate extension of points of registration from the CBT centre network to other places, the extortion of JAMB candidates by some centres, attempts on cloning of registration SIM cards through the use of technology and operation of examination controllers of both CBT centres and cyber cafes.

 He said that other JAMB candidates patronise cyber cafes for materials relating to registration or examination at centres like CD, DVD,  examination pack, questions and answers, eroded values and fraudulent private tutorial classes.

“What is our way forward? We are partnering relevant operatives and agencies on security and cyber crimes.

We are engaging technical experts and tapping from their knowledge. We are also moving some key services to the registration portal inorder to prevent extortion of JAMB candidates.” Oloyede insisted that candidates’ fingerprints must be captured during the biometric verification before they could be allowed to sit for the UTME, adding that JAMB candidates whose fingerprints couldnot be captured across the country would have to go to the JAMB headquarters and register.

The faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Sciences across universities had the most number of JAMB candidates registered for courses in the just concluded 2019 UTME registration.

According to the board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, a total of 435,897 JAMB candidates applied for various courses under the faculty, with more applications coming from female candidates.
 
Not less than 275,323 registered candidates are females as against 160,574 male candidates who are set to sit for the examination.

He said faculties of Agriculture across polytechnics also had a low number of JAMB candidates registered for the 2019 UTME. Just 2,303 candidates; 949 females and 1,354 males may sit for the examination to study courses under the faculty.

Polytechnics Social Science Faculties across the states of the nation recorded the highest number of registered candidates for the examination with 8,946 females and 10,337 males making the total number of 19,283 registered JAMB candidates.

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Posted: March 21, 2019, | Category: Local News
Source: Punchng

Ekene Ifechukwu

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