JAMB Explains Delay In Release Of 2019 UTME Results
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has explained why candidates have so far been unable to check their results.
Head of Information for the agency, Dr. Fabian Benjamin on Wednesday, disclosed in an interview why it had not released the results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to him, they are investigating candidates who wrote the examination and are suspected to have engaged in massive fraud and impersonation.
Naija News understands he added that the board has therefore started screening the results of all the candidates who wrote the examination and would release them as soon as it finished the exercise.
Benjamin said: “We will not release the results in a hurry. We will do a lot of crosschecking and matchmaking to be sure that nobody that was engaged in illicit act go scot free.
“We will release the results as soon as we finish checking the results to ensure that all those ones that we caught in various illicit registration acts are properly dealt with and those that we could not arrest are withheld.
“We will release the results when we finish doing our screening. We are screening the whole results.
“We don’t have the numbers now but we won’t release any result until we are sure of the whole thing.”
He added that so far, over 100 persons have been arrested for impersonation and other exam malpractices during the 2019 UTME.
Benjamin said: “We are picking them across the nation. As at today, we have picked up over a hundred candidates and we are still picking.
“Though we may not be able to pick all of them because of logistics problem and the state but what we are doing now for those we could not pick who may have written the exam and gone, we are fishing them out true their result.”
On the issue of biometric verification failures in some centers, the JAMB spokesperson assured that the needful will be done and cases that are found to be genuine will be treated accordingly.
“We will not be able to say genuine now until we do our due diligence. We are investigating because I told you that we have cases of illicit registration and we discovered that some of them created some scene when they discovered that their time for the exams clashed and they could not write the exam.
“We are giving everybody the benefit of doubt. We will look at all the perimeters and ensure that no one whose case is actually genuine suffers injustice.
“When we finish our exams we will be able to look at the whole thing (biometric issues),” he added.
Once the results are released, candidates can follow THIS LINK to check their 2019 UTME results.