The Exam Ethics Marshals has commended the Registrar of the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, and his team for the successful conduct of the 2019 UTME and for putting an end to conspiracy of silence and lip service in the fight against examination malpractice.
A statement by the Founding Chairman, Exam Ethics Marshals International Mr Ike Onyechere, said the entire process was a success story in general and in terms of the campaign to eradicate exam malpractice and entrench exam ethics.
Mr Onyechere explained that Prof. Oloyede demonstrated that the monster of examination malpractice ravaging Nigeria’s education system can effectively be caged if the leadership of Exam Boards summon the courage and political will to confront and be confronted by monster. The JAMB Registrar has shown the way and shined the light as a pathfinder.
‘’His various reports confirm beyond any reasonable doubt that exam malpractice is now an organized criminal enterprise orchestrated by full time professional criminals with members of syndicates embedded in some Ministries, Agencies, Institutions and Examination Boards. Exam special (magic) centres masquerading as Schools (duly registered and licensed by State Ministries of Education) are their operational fronts for SSC and BEC exams. When JAMB migrated from Paper and Pencil Tests (PPT) to Computer Based Tests (CBT), they set up cyber cafes and CBT centres as fronts for their JAMB operations. For the 2019 exams, 112 of such centres were identified, blacklisted, delisted or suspended by JAMB’’.
Mr Onyechere commended the use of VCs as Chief External Examiners, stressing that it has restored confidence of tertiary institutions in the JAMB UTME process.
According to him ‘’ Instead of the clamor for post-UTME exams, tertiary institutions now see themselves as partners and co-owners in the JAMB process. It was a master class deployment of strategy of team work. In the past, the public and acrimonious debate between VCs (for post UTME) and JAMB (against post UTME) reached the level where stakeholders were calling for scrapping of JAMB as no longer relevant. Exam Ethics Marshals supported the VCs on account of persistent issues of lack of integrity in JAMB exams which are now being seriously addressed’’.
He said the 2019 JAMB UTME has set another important record. 128 fraudsters were arrested during the exams that ended on 17th April. Five of them have already been convicted in Zamfara, kebbi and other States less than one month after the exams.
123 others are standing trial in other States. It sounds like a story from another country. The Judicial officers that tried and jailed the culprits in record time deserve commendation of all patriotic Nigerians. It also in the public domain that the Registrar is not covering up anyone found to have compromised including JAMB staff.