- To delist centres with inadequate equipment
- Blames woes on racketeers
Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has admitted that the multiple results posted to some candidates during the just concluded 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, were because of system error, which was later corrected immediately.
Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, JAMB, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde, disclosed yesterday during an interactive session in Abuja.
He said a total of 145,000 candidates got two different results posted to them after the exam on Saturday February 27 and Monday February 29, 2016 with one higher than other.
“The multiple results occurred on Saturday February 27 and Monday 29 and involved about on overall, 145,000 candidates. The situation resulted from a system error, which cannot be ruled out in such an exercise where the entire process is purely technical.
“The moment the error was detected we corrected it and subsequent exams never had such incidence. In other words, there was not a repeat of the incidence in other turns of the exam.
As it stands, the fate of the candidates that got extra marks due to this error will not be decided by JAMB alone. The Federal Ministry of Education will be consulted for advice”, Ojerinde stated.
Meanwhile, the Board has vowed to delist all the Computer- Based Centres that violated their agreement with it to provide adequate facilities to meet the standard set for such high –tech Computer-Based Test.
According to the Board, about 530 Centres were accredited for the exam on the agreement that the facilities presented to the Board for inspection during its accreditation visits to each of them will be on ground throughout the exercise to ensure a hitch-free CBT.
Unfortunately, according reports from JAMB Officials sent to conduct the test in the various centres, some of the centres actually had nothing on ground, but merely borrowed the equipment they presented to the accreditation team just to get accreditation and payment from the Board.
Official reports also recorded on video tape, exam racketeers in some of these centres collected as much as N25,000 from students to move them to centres where they promised them the use mercenaries to write the test for them.
One of the JAMB officials posted to Uromi reported that she was practically offered N1.5m to allow gun-wielding racketeers to bring in mercenaries to write the test for candidates that had settled them, adding that the eventual decision by the Board to relocate candidates from Uromi to Auchi with the help of armed soldiers saved the day.
Also, about 12 buses were said to have conveyed candidates from Lagos to a centre in Moro in Osun State where arrangements were perfected to deploy mercenaries for them.
“It was the hard stance of the Board to frustrate the plot of these exam racketeers, causing them to lose money and, perhaps, made to refund money to those they defrauded that elicited the protest.
“You do not expect someone who collected as much as N25,000 from each of over 1000 candidates with the promise of helping them score up to 300, yet could not deliver, to keep quiet. They instigated the protest, calling for cancellation of the CBT. We are assuring them of more stringent measure in subsequent exams”, Ojerinde warned.
However, on the directive of the House of Representatives that JAMB stops the Computer-Based Test or revert to Dual Based Test involving Pencil-paper and Computer Based, the Registrar said they will wait for instructions from the parent ministry before taking any step.
JAMB has promised to allow those candidates affected by the impromptu relocation to sit for the examination, notwithstanding they duly notified through text messages.