Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede on Thursday, condemned in strong terms, the attitude of some parents who encourage their children to cheat in examinations.
Oloyede made the remarks in Abuja at the JAMB headquarters when officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps paraded a suspect who was arrested for attempting to write the UTME exam for his brother.
According to the security officers, the mother of the boy, directed the boy to sit the examination for his brother.
Luck however ran out on him when he was arrested at the UTME Air Mas Computer Centre, Madalla in Niger.
“Parents need to disassociate themselves from this type of shameful attitude.”
“It is against any type of parenting that you want to inculcate the spirit of deceit into your children; I think even bad people do not want to be succeeded by bad people.”
“The woman should have just said she is a mother and not that she is a prophet; you are doing something shameful, do not bring God into it at all.”
“No religion would allow for a mother to tell one of her sons to go and write exams for the other.”
“If someone is unfortunate to be corrupt, he or she should ask God to terminate it at his own level, but conscious efforts at transmitting that culture to the next generation is very painful.’’
“One said he is a Catholic priest; there’s another one from Abia and now, this mother said she’s a prophet, people in Nigeria just use religion to exploit others.
“They go to churches, establish centres in the name of helping the church only to use them for their selfish purposes,’’ Oloyede said.
He also said the board would continue to deploy technologies which would expose those trying to pull down the efforts of the institution.
“They were using something they call team viewer which will definitely give biometric problem because these candidates were not physically captured at the authentic centre.”
“We would not be held responsible for that and there won’t be any form of rescheduling for anybody, I did that last year out of ignorance.’’
“Their intentions are to help people not knowing that we now have a devise that monitors every computer system in every centre, via a code.
“We are able to detect now, people who are able to write the exams, answering 180 questions in just 12 minutes.
“We also have three to four persons who wrote the examinations on the same computer at a session not knowing we have the identity of every computer.’’
Naija News reports that the 2018 UTME, commenced on Friday, March 9, and is scheduled to end on Saturday, March 17.