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ICPC To Commence Investigation On Exam MalPractice, Speaks On What Would Be Done To Culprits

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Investigations has begun into alleged malpractices during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted in the country recently.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja today.

Through a member of Board of the commission, Mrs Olubukola Balogun, the commission said it was investigating alleged malpractices by candidates, who were sometimes aided by their parents and professional examination cheats.

According to her, the commission is doing a lot to investigate the matter.

“We have the mandate for investigation, prosecution, and prevention.

“We are putting everything together for JAMB. I can assure you that we will get there.

“The commission is going to know what happened and how we can prevent it in the future,” she said.

Balogun said caught would be seriously dealt with “those that err, after our investigation, we are going to prosecute’’.

She further described examination malpractice “an act of corruption’’.

There is a lot of corruption everywhere; therefore, we have to go back to the drawing board and we have to all come together for this fight against the scourge,” she said.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, had said “You will discover that such a candidate who goes to university with his or her picture is not the same as the one who wrote the UTME, neither was he nor she the one who wrote the WASSCE.

“So, what is going to happen is for us to find a way of ensuring more synergy between the assessment bodies and the institutions, in such a way that all sharp practices are nipped into the bud.

“We are also looking at building mega CBT centres for our examinations but this we cannot also achieve alone.

“We will also encourage genuine private investors who will now be the body that will accredit its own subgroups, just as we will also bring in the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria,” Oloyede had said.



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