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15-year old emerges JAMB’s overall best

...As board releases 1.7m out of 1.8 results

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Results for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME), conducted between April 11 and April 15 has been released by the examination body responsible for it, -JAMB as 15-year old Ekele Franklin from Imo state, emerged the overall best candidate in the results.

JAMB’s registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who announced the results yesterday in Abuja said one Emmanuel Chidebube, a 16-year-old boy from Abia came second with a score of 346, while Isaac Olamide, a 17-year-old from Osun came third with 345.

The results of 1,792,719 out of 1,826,839 candidates who sat for the 2019 UTME were released by the body. A total number of 59,667 candidates could not be accounted for during the exam.

Professor Oloyede said 34,120 results are being withheld. He said candidates were expected to use the phone numbers they used to register to text RESULT to 55019 to receive their respective results.

Twelve candidates who obtained between 341 and 347 marks in the examination were said to have the highest marks. The examination took place in 702 CBT centres across the country out of which only 16 were owned by JAMB, while 223 were owned by public institutions and the remaining by private individuals.

The registrar added that each centre had ten personnel comprising three permanent or adhoc staff of JAMB as Supervisor, Technical Officer and Biometric Verification Machine (BVM) officer.

‘‘In all, about 7,000 human resources were at the disposal of the board for the conduct of the examination, whereas the entire workforce of JAMB is less than 1,800 across the states of the federation,” he said.

The registrar said examination malpractice which was found to be rampant was exacerbated by the ‘‘insatiable greed and desperate antics of parents who are hell-bent on inducting their innocent and not-so-innocent children into the world of sharp practices and corruption.”

He further stated that the UTME results were not released promptly because they were subjected to some scrutiny with a view to ascertaining the degree of success of the structures, infrastructure, policies and processes put in place. He said some of the strategies deployed to compromise the integrity of the exam included multiple registration.

“Someone for instance registered as many as 23 times for just a single examination,” he said.

He added that while wealthy persons procured graduates and senior undergraduates to write examinations in the name of their ‘pampered’ children who would then use the highest scores to obtain admission to some institutions of choice, the ‘not-too-rich’ engaged in multiple registrations by simply re-arranging their names, then claim the highest of the scores obtained and later pay monies to correct their names. JAMB, he said, made huge sums of money from the correction of names and dates of birth by the perpetrators.

“One of the major strategies of JAMB to counter this is the introduction of a short code where every candidate types his or her name and sends it directly to 55019 on the particular phone. This was introduced in 2018 UTME, but it did not reduce the menace of multiple registrations as over N200 million was still paid to JAMB by the syndicate to correct data relating to pre-meditated name -error,” he said.

There were also cases of impersonation in which perpetrators used names directly or variants of a name or by multiple registrations.

“An example is Anambra State where two centres registered a large number of impersonating candidates. In such cases, the results of the candidates have been cancelled and the CBT centres delisted,” he said.

Another dimension of impersonation, he said, was through ‘contributed fingers’ where two or more persons would use their fingers to register for candidates thinking that any of them would be able to write for such candidates if the system allowed it.

“Two examples of this case are in the Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare, where someone’s finger(s) was discovered in 42 persons registration and Bauchi State University, Gadau, where one person was traced to the registration of 64 candidates with a view to allowing any of the finger-contributing impersonators to access the examination hall.

“Another example was in Borno State where in Nassara Computer Academy Maiduguri 233 candidates had one particular finger included in each of their biometric registration,” he said.

He said there were deliberate disruptions of the examination process, manipulation of biometrics and collusion of some private CBT centres with parents.

According to him, two centres in Akokwe in Ideato examination town paid N1,760,000.00 to compromise the staff on duty and that those concerned were being investigated to determine their culpability.

The Registrar also said different admission policies by higher institutions will to some extent affect the chances of certain candidates gaining undergraduate admission.

He noted that a number of universities won’t offer admission to underage applicants, based on their respective policies.
‘‘For instance, the minimum age to study a degree programme at the University of Lagos is at least 18 years. However, universities, could review the minimum age requirement if they so wish.”

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