Good morning and welcome to the roundup of the latest Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) news for today, Wednesday, May 8th, 2019.
JAMB UTME News Headlines Update
UTME 2019: Here’s Why Nigerians Are Talking About JAMB Results Release
The continued delay of the release of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 2019 results by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is leaving concerned Nigerians agitated, Concise News reports.
This online news medium reports that the 2019 UTME commenced on April 11 and ended on the 18th of April with 1.8 million registered candidates.
It is the first time in a long while that the examination body would withhold general results as it is happening now. And day by day, concerns continue to grow.
The latest to lend its voice is the Nigerian Union Teachers (NUT), who urged JAMB to release the results of candidates were not involved in examination malpractices during the 2019 UTME.
UTME 2019: Release ‘Innocent’ Candidates’ Results, NUT Tells JAMB
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to release the results of the candidates who were not involved in malpractices during the 2019 UTME examinations.
Concise News gathered that Adesina Adedoyin, who is chairman of Lagos State NUT, made this appeal while addressing the Press on Tuesday in Lagos.
According to the union, the examination body should sieve the chaff from the grain as quickly as possible.
Adedoyin said that the level of malpractice in the conduct of the 2019 UTME was as a result of the societal problems confronting the country, which included corruption.
“The delay in releasing the results is going to affect the innocent students negatively,” he said.
“Those that did not cheat during the examinations should not be punished for the offences they did not commit.
“By the time JAMB will ask them to come and re-write the examination, they may not perform better as they did earlier.”
He added; “To those who offered inducements then, it was a bad act; and to those who received, it was also a very bad act.
“They are parts of those creating problems for our system because they are part of the Nigeria society,” he said.
He, however, criticised JAMB’s policy and guidelines which stated that if the number of candidates that cheated in an examination was more than the number of candidates that failed, then the examination should be cancelled.
He also condemned the policy that stated that another examination should be conducted in such a centre.
The NUT chairman said that such a policy was anti-people and should be abolished.
“Unfortunately, there is nothing anybody can do since it is JAMB’s policy, but I must say that the policy is anti-people,” he added.
“The examination body should have sieved the chaff from the grain. It should have identified the culprits and bring them to book.”
Adedoyin said that if those found wanting would be allowed to rewrite the examinations, then the results of candidates who were innocent should be released.
JAMB: Professors Speak On When 2019 UTME Results Should Be Released
“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,” JAMB’s media aide, Fabian Benjamin, had said in response to why the examination body had yet to release the results.
He further said, “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.”
Speaking on the matter, Professor Femi Akinwumi of the University of Ibadan urged Nigerians to be patient and allow JAMB to release quality results.
“It is because it is a computer-based test that people are clamouring for the release of results unlike when it was a paper-based test; results are released much later those days,” he told NAN.
“Let JAMB correct all the anomalies because some people are desperate to sabotage good processes.
“It is about quality of results not that it will be released now and later withdrawn.”
Similarly, Professor Adams Onuka, an education evaluation expert at the University of Ibadan, urged Nigerians to give JAMB the benefit of the doubt.
“I believe JAMB wants to rectify the various issues that surfaced during the conduct of the examination,” Onuka also told NAN.
“It is better not to release results than to cancel them.
“One problem with this country is that we are quick to pass judgment when we don’t know what goes on behind.
But Professor Clement Kolawole, a lecturer at the Department of Education, University of Ibadan, appealed to JAMB to release results that were ready.
He said, “It is so unfortunate that several days after JAMB conducted entrance examination into universities, results are not released for whatever reason.
“It is simply unacceptable for whatever reason. Whoever is supervising JAMB should call the agency to order.
“But I am not sure it is part of the duty and rights of JAMB to sit on students results indefinitely under whatever guise.
“If some people do not deserve to have result, such should be withheld for further investigation, that is the normal standard practice anywhere in the world.”
More than 1.2 million candidates sat for the 2019 UTME from April 11 to April 18.
And that’s the roundup of the latest JAMB news headlines on Concise News. More Nigerian and JAMB news are available on the website!