The Exam Ethics Marshal International has commended the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the successful conduct of the 2019 UTME examination.
Founding Chairman, Exam Ethics Marshals International, Ike Onyechere lauded the body Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede and his team for putting an end to conspiracy of silence and lip service in the fight against examination malpractice in the country.
Concise News gathered that Ike Onyechere in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja said: “The 2019 JAMB UTME was held from April 11 to April 17, with the result released on May 11 showed that while 1,886, 508 candidates sat for the exams 1,792,719 results were released.
“34,120 results were cancelled for their involvement in exam fraud while 15,145 results are still being clarified.
“The entire process is a success story in general and in terms of the campaign to eradicate exam malpractice and entrench exam ethics,” he said.
According to him, the Registrar has demonstrated that the monster of examination malpractice ravaging Nigeria’s education system can effectively be caged if the leadership of Exam Boards summon the courage and political will to confront the challenge.
He said JAMB has confirmed beyond any reasonable doubt that exam malpractice is now an organised criminal enterprise orchestrated by full-time professional criminals.
“With members of syndicates embedded in some Ministries, Agencies, Institutions and Examination Boards.
“Exam special (magic) centres masquerading as Schools (duly registered and licensed by State Ministries of Education) are their operational fronts for Secondary School Certificates (SSC) and other exams.
“When JAMB migrated from Paper and Pencil Tests (PPT) to Computer-Based Tests (CBT), they set up cyber cafes and CBT centres as fronts for their JAMB operations.
“For the 2019 exams, 112 of such centres were identified, blacklisted, delisted or suspended by JAMB,” he said.
He added that the examination body blocked the standard operating strategy of the fraudsters of multiple registrations and use of exam mercenaries, adding that 34,120 results were still cancelled for exam fraud.
“When the exam ended on 17th April and JAMB noticed that some fraudsters still penetrated the system, it decided to conduct a meticulous check to fish out the culprits instead of rushing to release the results.
“Again they mounted pressure and the registrar and his team resisted, if they have succumbed JAMB would have achieved fleeting praise for the speedy release of results.
“But the exam fraudsters that succeeded in beating the system would not have been identified and credibility and integrity of the results would have been compromised,” he said.
“The use of VCs as Chief External Examiners also restored the confidence of tertiary institutions in the JAMB UTME process.
“Instead of the clamour for post-UTME exams, tertiary institutions now see themselves as partners and co-owners in the JAMB process, it is a master class deployment of strategy of teamwork”.
The chairman noted that Exam Ethics Marshals have supported the VCs on account of persistent issues of lack of integrity in JAMB exams, which are now being seriously addressed.
He said that the 2019 JAMB UTME has set another important record, adding that 128 fraudsters were arrested during the exams that ended on 17th April.
He said that five of them have already been convicted in Zamfara, Kebbi and other states less than one month after the exams and123 others are standing trial in other states.
“The judicial officers that tried and jailed the culprits in record time deserve the commendation of all patriotic Nigerians; It is also in the public domain that the registrar is not covering up anyone found to have compromised including JAMB staff.
“UTME 2019 has demonstrated the possibilities in the war against exam malpractice beyond lip service.
“The challenge is huge, complex, systemic and pervasive with almost all categories of stakeholders represented in the line-up of perpetrators at all levels and every sector of education from primary to tertiary,” he said.
He called on Security Agencies, Judiciary, State Governments and Ministries of Education, other Exam boards, Heads of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff, Parents, Students, and all education stakeholders to work together to combat exam malpractice and entrench exam ethics.