The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) it has blacklisted 116 exam centres over “registration-related misconduct” with respect to the recently released Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Naija News recalls that JAMB released results of 1,792,719 candidates who sat for this year’s UTME on Saturday, May 11, exactly twenty-two days after it conducted the examination.
Similarly, the board withheld the results of 34,120 candidates for various infractions. JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede broke the news to journalists on Saturday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Giving an update on the blacklisted exam centres, JAMB Registrar noted that the centres include a Computer-based Test centre in Akokwe, Delta State after the operators allegedly bribed exam officers with N1.7m.
his words: “We have identified the candidates involved and their results are withheld. While not being aware that JAMB was monitoring, the two centres in Akokwe in Ideato examination town paid N1,760,000.00 to compromise the workers on duty. The workers concerned are being investigated to determine their culpability.
“We have recovered the payment voucher and the workers being investigated claimed that they received the bribe because their lives were in danger,” The ex-University of Ilorin vice-chancellor said.
JAMB Registrar said the exam recorded multiple registrations, pointing out that a candidate, for instance, registered 23 times for the examination.
Oloyede listed exam centres involved in malpractices to include Heritage and Infinity as well as Okwyzil Computer Institute Comprehensive Secondary School in Abia, where the exam was cancelled and rescheduled.
Also in this category is Clems Business System Ltd, Umuahia, Abia State and the CBT centres of Ekiti State College of Education, Ikere, and St. Silas Anglican Secondary School, Omuo-Ekiti, cited for collusion.
His words: “Among the centres to be suspended pending further investigations is the CBT Centre of the College of Education, Centre for Excellence and Information Technology, Agbor, Delta State.
“A total of 116 centres have been delisted or suspended. Out of this number, 18 have been sanctioned by the Governing Board of JAMB with suspension for between one and three years for registration-related misconduct,” Oloyede added.