In consonance with the promise made by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) during the release of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Saturday, 11th May, 2019 that it would further probe the identity and involvement of some candidates who were suspected of being involved in one examination infraction or another, the Board has further cleared and released the results of 15,490 candidates in this category.
The release followed the expert review of the cases of this category of candidates who were requested to upload certain credentials for scrutiny. At the conclusion of the review exercise, this category of candidates were further classified into five groups as follows:
- (i) Candidates who have sufficiently proved their innocence.
- (ii) Candidates with inconclusive evidence of culpability and were given the benefit of the doubt because of the guiding principles of the Board that it is better for many criminals to go free than to punish one innocent candidate. Consequently, the results of categories (i) and (ii) were part of the 15,490 released on Saturday, 8th June, 2019. They are to send RESULT to 55019 in order to obtain their UTME scores.
- (iii) Candidates whose upload of evidence necessitated further interrogation. They have been notified and invited (through phone call, their profile, text message and email) to designated centres across the country for further clarification of the evidence against them. It is in their interest to attend otherwise the evidence will be taken as conclusive.
- (iv) Candidates whose culpability have been firmly established thus necessitating the cancellation of their results. A total of additional 321 results were, therefore, cancelled conclusively and the candidates have been notified.
- (v) Candidates who did not heed the advice to upload evidence of their identity vis-a-vis the other impersonators and the incontrovertible evidence of their culpability. They also have their results cancelled along with category (iv) above. Furthermore, four additional CBT centres were found culpable and were also delisted.
It would be recalled that the Board had, as at, last week released the results of candidates earlier cleared of wrongdoing. The Board has also conducted fresh examinations in two centres - Abuja and Otuoke - where it was convinced of the genuine need to examine the 490 candidates who missed examination as a result of apparent communication lapses. The Board had to endure the burden of this tedious exercise in order to sanitize its process and ensure that only genuine candidates are enrolled into the Nigerian tertiary education system.
The Board is still deeply saddened by the discovery of clusters of examination syndicates and the depth of their nefarious activities hence our renewed commitment to exterminate all forms of examination malpractices, at least, as it concerns UTME.
It seems the iron-clad resolve of the Board to block all loopholes for examination malpractice is being underestimated by examination cheats and other fraudulent characters.
The Board will continue to deploy cutting-edge technology and also engage the services of globally-acclaimed experts to ensure that the sanctity of its examination is protected.
The truth is that, the Board is unequivocally committed to changing the ugly narrative about the conduct of public examinations in Nigeria and, as such, would not be deterred by the antics and propaganda of vested interests that may want to derail its avowed commitment to doing the needful at all cost.
The righteous has no fear but the culpable has reasons to be afraid. The Board will continue to update the public as the screening progresses.
Dr. Fabian Benjamin
Head of Media