UTME: Parents Pay As Much As N200,000 To Ghost Writers – Jamb Registrar

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?

Professor Ishaq Oloyede,

“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”.

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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.

JAMB Extends Registration Deadline For 2017 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced an extension of the registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made this known while addressing a news conference in Abuja. He also spoke on the mock examination earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday and the need for the extension.

“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), wishes to apologise to candidates and other stakeholders on the fact that we could not go on as planned with the mock examination.

“We are hereby announcing the extension of the registration exercise of the 2017 UTME. Instead of the earlier announced April 19, the deadline for the sale of forms and registrations will now extend to Friday May 5 2017.

“Consequently, the 2017 UTME, the examination proper, has also been postponed to start from Saturday 13th to 20th of May 2017. Meanwhile, the mock examinations earlier slated for April 8, 2017 has been put on hold and the new date will be announced soon.”

The development follows a call by the House of Representatives for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates.

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, who had complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.

Professor Oloyede, had on the other hand, attributed the current challenges being faced by applicants across registration centres to the uncooperative posture of some centres.

The board had innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which led to the elimination of scratch cards.

It also adopted a cost saving procedure, the ‘PIN Vending System’, which is said to be a secured system that has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

With the development, prospective candidates seeking to write the UTME can now heave a sigh of relief.

House Calls For Extension Of JAMB Registration

House Calls For Extension Of JAMB RegistrationThe House of Representatives has called for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates to register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, with the House Committee on Basic Education summoning the JAMB Registrar to appear before it for explanation on some of the issues.

The lawmakers also asked the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to deploy safety equipment at each examination centre, to avoid stampede due to overcrowding.

Some prospective candidates raised concern on difficulty to complete their registration, even as the April 20 deadline for registration exercise draws nearer.

The candidates, while speaking to Channels Television at the Jamb Zonal Office in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, urged the management of the Board to make more facilities and personnel available, in order to ease the stress of registration.

JAMB Warns Against Fake Application Forms In Circulation

JAMB Warns Against Fake Application Forms In CirculationThe Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB has warned members of the general public about the activities of fraudsters illegally selling fake JAMB forms to unsuspecting applicants.

The JAMB Registrar, Prof Isiaq Oloyede, represented by the Director of Special Duties, Mr Olujide Adisa, gave the warning in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during the parade of two suspects by the Ogun state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The JAMB boss said that the forms for the 2017 session were not out yet as the board was putting all machinery together to ensure a hitch-free admission process

The two middle-aged men were reportedly arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by the men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at two locations.

They caught in the act of selling a form said to be fake to unsuspecting Joint Admission and Matriculation Board candidates.

Putting the records straight, the JAMB Director of Special Duties said that any form being sold currently by anybody is presumed to be   fake.

He asked prospective applicants to visit any of the state offices of the board across the country for any inquiry and save themselves from the antics of the fraudsters on the prow

Post UTME Should Be Optional – Professor Badejo

Professor Tola BadejoThe former Vice Chancellor of Wesley University, Professor Tola Badejo, has advised the Federal Government to make the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) optional.

He gave the advice on Monday while voicing his opinion on the government’s announcement of the scrapping of the examination conducted by tertiary institutions in Nigeria for applicants seeking admission into various schools.

“Make It Optional”
Speaking on Sunrise Daily, he maintained that authorities of various institutions should be allowed to decide how to accept candidates.

“Why should you tell somebody not to organise a screening when before you leave any University, you have to be found competent in character and learning.

“If I have to do that, why should someone tell me not to interview every candidate?” the university don questioned.

Professor Badejo cited instances where he was able to discover students with potential criminal traits during interview, stressing that government should “make it optional”.

In his earlier address at the 2016 Policy Meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, affirmed that universities could screen candidates admitted by JAMB, but warned against students being subjected to a second written examination.

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we will address it,” he said.

FG Scraps Post UTME, Pegs180 As New Cut-off Mark

studentsThe Federal Government announced the scrapping of the examination applicants write when seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the country.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, who announced this in Abuja at the 2016 Policy Meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), said universities are free to screen candidates admitted by JAMB but warned against students being subjected to a second written examination.

He said the federal government has confidence in the examinations conducted by JAMB, adding that there is no need for other examinations to be conducted by universities after JAMB exams.

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it”, he said.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde also announced 180 as minimum cut off mark for all tertiary institutions in the country.

“180 is given and no institution will go below 180 this year, And some universities can go above it, I know Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife will not go below 200 and University of Lagos will not go below 200 and also University of Ibadan. All these ones stand. But 180 is a bench mark for others.”

He said this year, the examination board have more than enough candidates with over 1.5 million candidate, saying, “So we will get enough candidates to take in all the schools if they are serious”

The JAMB registrar said re- distribution is already ongoing because it is embedded in the registration procedure.

He reiterated the Minister of Education’s pronouncement saying, “for post UTME, no more writing of post UTME anymore but institutions will screen their candidates.

JAMB 2016: Students Protest Alleged Irregularities  

JAMBThe Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has been called on to look into the numerous irregularities in the 2016 JAMB examination and results.

Students who sat for the March 2016 University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) made the call on Friday during a protest to registers their displeasure.

The 2016 exam was the first time computers were used to write all the exams and students and parents have cried out in outrage that the computer-based exam was still in its trial state and had a lot of irregularities.

Complaints ranging from non-provision of calculator, irregular shutting down of computers and non-release of the results of the students have trailed the 2016 JAMB examination.

Disgruntled candidates have also urged JAMB to find a lasting solution to alleged irregularities and requested that the body should urgently release the results still outstanding.

A member of the Association of Private Coaching Centers, Olawuyi Olufemi, has also questioned the supposed allocation of 40 marks to some students; an act which he said was not clear, wondering how some candidates would benefit while others would be exempted.

Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has promised to compensate candidates who missed their examinations during the just concluded 2016 exercise with another test.

According to the Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the board has records of candidates who genuinely missed their tests due to sudden relocation from their original centers.

 

Centre Relocation: JAMB To Compensate Candidates With Make-Up

JAMBThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has promised to compensate candidates who missed their examinations during the just concluded 2016 exercise with another test.

According to the Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the board has records of candidates who genuinely missed their tests due to sudden relocation from their original centers.

The Registrar said that candidates were relocated from some centers in Lagos to Moro in Osun State and others from Uromi to Auchi in Edo State because mercenaries and thugs invaded those centers.

He also accused some independent centers of insincerity, leading to abrupt relocation of some candidates.

Asked what his position would be on the new directives from the House of Representatives to return to pencil and paper format or combine this with the computer-based system, the Registrar said that he would take instructions from the Minister of Education.

He said that those who organized protests did so out of frustrations because they were not allowed to carry out their plans in those centers.

Complaints ranging from non-provision of calculator, irregular shutting down of computers and non-release of the results of the students have trailed the 2016 JAMB examination.

A member of the Association of Private Coaching Centers, Olawuyi Olufemi, has also questioned the supposed allocation of 40 marks to some students; an act which he said was not clear, wondering how some candidates would benefit while others would be exempted.

Disgruntled candidates have also urged JAMB to find a lasting solution to alleged irregularities and requested that the body should urgently release the results still outstanding.

More Applicants Protest Against JAMB Registration Closure

JAMBMore protests have erupted, as successful applicants countdown to write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations conducted by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The candidates that were yet to register for the exam protested on Saturday against the closure of the exam’s registration portal by JAMB.

They urged the examination body to re-open its portal, lamenting that they could not afford to stay another year without securing an admission.

Some of the parents of the applicants in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria have also joined their wards to express their displeasure with the act.

They noted that they were upset with the closure of the registration portal, stressing that it has denied the applicants a chance to sit for the 2016 exams which will hold next weekend.

Responding to the applicants’ claims, the JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, said that the portal that was presently opened was for the candidates to print their examination slip.

According to Professor Ojerinde, “examination slip is to give you a date, a time and the venue of the examination,” maintaining that the submission of forms had closed since January.

FG Quashes JAMB’s Admission Policy

FG Quashes JAMB's Admission PolicyThe Federal Government has quashed the new admission policy adopted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The examination body had implemented a policy with which students seeking admission into various Nigerian universities with excessive candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) are redistributed to other universities with lower number of candidates.

The Presidency’s decision was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr MacJohn ‎Nwaobiala‎, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the ministry’s activities and challenges at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Prior to Nwaobiala’s meeting with the President, JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, on Monday, explained the rationale behind the examination body’s new admission policy, which had generated protests from candidates and parents.

Professor Ojerinde said that the new policy was to save the time and energy of the students and reduce the number of students who fail to get admission into tertiary institutions yearly.

He said that all schools, including the University of Lagos (UNILAG) had their standards depending on the number of candidates applying into their institutions.

JAMB Registrar further stressed that although, JAMB had set its procedures by setting the cut-off mark at 180, “it does not mean all 180 scorers would be called for the Post-UTME” also called post-JAMB examinations in the schools.

However, the President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators, Oludotun Sodunke, had accused JAMB of not carrying the stakeholders along in their decision-making, but Professor Ojerinde debunked the claim.

JAMB May Not Conduct Examination In Troubled Northern States – Registrar

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) may not hold in troubled Northern states on Saturday, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Wednesday.

Addressing Journalists in Abuja, the Registrar/Chief Exec utive of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde, said the board “may not hesitate to stop the examination” if there is any security problem”.

He said, “Yesterday it was a big discussion among some agents as well as JAMB. We believe that things will be alright. Faith, you see, we have the belief that we will surmount the problem.

“If however, there is any problem, we may not hesitate to stop the examination in those areas to the extent that we will now give the children a chance of doing the examination on CBT only.

“If you miss PPT in a challenging area that you cannot do the examination; then you will have to do the next one and that will have to be as from 18th of May.

“With God, we shall not experience any problem. We have put everything humanly possible in place and we have put this before almighty God and we believe He is not going to sleep on that day. But if there is a need for postponement in those places, we shall not hesitate”, he added.

Mr Ojerinde revealed that the Board had concluded arrangements for its first Computer Based Test in 70 centres across the nation from May 18 to June 1.

This is an alternative to the Dual Based Test and Paper Pencil Test scheduled for this Saturday.

He, however, added that the CBT candidates still have the option to take Dual Based Test or Paper Pencil Test on Saturday.

The Board advised CBT candidates to go online to reprint their e-slip form as “inevitable amendments had been made on the time-table for the CBT examination”.

Of the 1,735,720 registered for this year’s examination, 1,629,102 candidates applied for PPT; 15,008 for DBT and 91,610 for CBT. The total figure represents 13.35 percent increase from last year.

No fewer than 145 visually impaired candidates and 196 inmates from Kaduna and Lagos prisons also registered for the examination.

The examination will hold simultaneously in 3,168 centres in 378 towns in Nigeria and six foreign centres of Accra (Ghana), Buea in Cameroon, Cotonou in Republic of Benin, London, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Mr Ojerinde disclosed that candidates have the opportunity to change their choices of institutions and courses once only within two weeks after releasing the results.

He also warned that the officials caught in examination malpractices will be prosecuted.

“I want to sound a note of warning once more that those trying to compromise our well organised arrangement shall be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“The Board is hereby appealing to all candidates to strictly adhere to all laid -down rules by conducting themselves properly during the examination.”

Over 1.5 million candidates to write Saturday’s JAMB examination – Registrar

Candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations organised by JAMB The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) said that it will go ahead with the conduct of the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in all states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory despite the insecurity in some parts of the country.

At a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, the Registrar of the board, Dibu Ojerinde debunked rumours that the examinations would not be conducted in some northern states owing to incessant bombings in the area.

He also announced the deployment of over ten thousand security personnel for this weekend’s nationwide examination exercise.

Mr Ojerinde also said that a total of 1, 503, 931 candidates have registered to take part in the examination.

According to the Registrar, this is the highest number of registered candidates the board has recorded since inception.

He said this year’s figure was a marginal increase of 10,338 candidates over the 2011 figure, as against an increase of 117,961 candidates recorded in 2011 over the 2010 figure.

He said that the examination would hold simultaneously in 375 towns in the country and in Ghana, Cameroun, Republic of Benin, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.

“It is worthy to note that there is a remarkable increase in the number of registered candidates in all our foreign centres
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“No doubt this underscores the acceptability of our tertiary educational system around the world. Many Nigerians are wishing to come back home for tertiary education,” Mr Ojerinde said.

The JAMB boss said that examination body have engaged the services of independent examination watch groups to monitor this weekend examination. He warned supervisors and invigilators to adhere strictly to instructions during the exercise.

Mr Ojerinde said that he is confident that Saturday’s examination would be hitch free across all states in Nigeria.