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Basic Challenges in the 2021 UTME

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The Chief Executive Officer Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board(JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oleyede, says malpractice and indiscipline are some of the major board’s problem yet to be fully resolved

Malpractice and indiscipline existing with the board is one of the major challenge yet to be fully tackled with says Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.

This was made known by the registrar to the members of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education when they visited the board’s headquarters on Monday in Bwari, Abuja

Parents trying to manipulate and bend the system to favour their wards or children in order to gain admission into schools irrespective of their poor performance ,Oloyede said was one of the challenges the board is facing

“Our challenge remains examination malpractice, especially with regards to parents who keep calling me to favour their wards or children whether they meet the requirements of the system or not.

There’s also indiscipline from the tertiary institutions who admit against the Federal Government’s policy guidelines as mandated by the Ministry of Education.

At the end of the day, after admitting outside these policies, they put pressure on students at the final moments towards graduation to come back to us for what they call regularisation,” he said.

“We also have the same challenge from some private sectors and dubious Computer Based Test (CBT) centres too and we are really putting efforts to curb this.”

The number of candidates who registered for this year’s UTME was not up to the number of candidates registered for 2020 UTME. The registrar said this year’s registered candidates were not up to 1.4 million unlike last year that had 2.2 million registered UTME candidate

However, he stated that the board was able to encounter some of the examination malpractices usually encountered during UTMe registration with the compulsory use of the National Identity Numbers (NIN).

The registrar said the malpractices included multiple and fraudulent registration by candidates who wants to register for UTME with irregular credentials.

He said that during the 2021 UTME examination the board’s challenge was also based on the security operatives in some of the centers that allegedly smuggled fraudulent candidates into the examination hall.

“Even after they dodge the verification process where of course the system would have identified them through their pictures, the cameras at the centres immediately picked them and we were able to apprehend them”

After we picked them it was then they said either their parents gave the security operative money to let them in or the candidates themselves bribed their way in.

“So whether we like it or not, NIN helped us reduce some of these challenges at both the registration and examination exercise,” he added.

On JAMB’S budget performance for 2020, the Registrar noted that the board set aside N4.1 billion to the Federal Government confers, stating that staff welfare was of greatest importance and they were properly taken care of.

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