The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculations Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has described the rate of ghostwriters to enable candidates to cheat during examinations as unbelievable.
While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, he blamed parents for their involvement in the trend.
His comments come after some parents were seen at exam centres paying ghostwrites to help their children seat for the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
“Parents pay as much as N200,000 to ghostwriters, how will you as a mother or a father connive to commit a crime? Will the child have any respect from you?
“Will you still call yourself a father or a mother when you have introduced your son or daughter into the world of crime?” he asked.
According to the JAMB Registrar, a ghostwriter can write for three or more persons but the candidates have to be present so as not to be marked absent.
“For every examination, these ghostwriters write for three or four persons within the hours of the exam,
“They will finish one submit, take another one to submit, they were not aware that we have put somethings in place that every system can tell us who has written.
“What these candidates do is to use their feet to disconnect the wire on their system and people will be struggling with the system while the person writing for them has already left the hall.
“The time these candidates spend in these frauds, they can become first-class candidates”, he added.
On exam malpractice, the professor referred to it a fraudulent act lamenting that “these our candidates have gone haywire to the extent that it will take a strong person to understand the nature of their plan”.
He noted that some of the candidates have collaborated with owners and operators of some Computer Based Test Centres (CBT) to carry out the crime by engaging in multiple registrations, where the fingerprints of the main candidates were captured side by side with that of the impostors.
Oloyede’s comments come four days after JAMB released the 2019 UTME results.
Of the 1,792,719 candidates that sat for the exam, 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice.