These are the top JAMB news headlines for today:
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says that five suspects arrested for engaging in examination malpractices during the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been jailed for periods between three months and two years. The examination body disclosed this in its bulletin released on Sunday, adding that 123 other suspects were standing trial across the country. Concise News reports that the 2019 UTME took place between April 11 and April 18 in 698 Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide. In its bulletin on Sunday, the board said, “Five persons who were involved in one form of exam malpractice in the just concluded 2019 UTME have been convicted. As of Sunday, three suspects from Zamfara State and two from Kebbi have been convicted for periods of three months to two years. “No fewer than 123 suspects are standing trial in various courts on one form of infraction or the other. With the conviction of the five suspects, the board urges the judiciary to continue on this path and to ensure that all suspects arraigned with sufficient facts are convicted.”
Some 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) candidates have appealed to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to release their results, Concise News reports. The candidates spoke in separate interviews with NAN on Sunday in Bwari, Abuja. The board has repeatedly said that it would take its time to screen the results because of the several infractions discovered during the exercise.
As the wait for the release of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 2019 results by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) continues, Twitter users have been reacting to the delay with jeers and subtle criticism. Concise News reports that the 2019 UTME exam was done in April and as at the time of publishing this report, results are yet to be released, with JAMB saying the setback is as a result of their determination to “clean up the system”. Stakeholders have continued to react on social media, with some losing their patience.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it is ‘not ashamed to admit that there are issues’ as it vows to ensure the credibility of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results. The examination body is being expected to announce the release of results for the 2019 UTME even as candidates increasingly get apprehensive. “We are gatekeepers but the entire security system of the house could be compromised if we refuse to keep the gate,” the spokesman for JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, told one of Nigeria’s national dailies Sun on Saturday. “We would strictly follow the process so that we can get it right. We are less concerned about the time, but (more about) how well and credible (the results become); neither policy meeting nor admission will start this month.” He further said that “We are not ashamed to admit that there are issues. But our pride is in getting it right. Once we get it right, it will serve as a message that it’s no longer business as usual. “Illegality had thrived in the society of over the years because people failed to follow issues to (their) logical conclusion. “But we have decided to do otherwise, and we need the support of Nigerians to achieve that.” This news medium understands that more than 1.2 million candidates sat for the 2019 UTME from April 11 to April 18.