2017 UTME: JAMB withholds 76, 923 results

  Mulls supplementary exam over late registration

By Martin Paul

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the release of the results of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), with a total of 76, 923 results being withheld over various degrees of examination malpractices.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who also said though the results were released in bit 24 hours after the conduct of the examination, a total of 1, 606, 901 candidates have had their results, while 80, 889 others were still pending, including those involved in alleged malpractices.
Oloyede said while investigations were ongoing on the withheld results, because of the concession given for registration to continue while the examination lasted, some candidates, who registered twice scored less than what they obtained in the first instance.

He traced the cause to the swapping of question from the various segments, which the examination was conducted.
“They did this deliberately, thinking we will not know, but forgetting that we have biometric capturing. Some of them scored up to 220 marks. If we want to punish them, we would give them their second results, but we have resolved to have mercy”, Oloyede said.
While assuring that withheld results would be released before the commencement of admission session, he said the board would conduct supplementary examination t candidates with genuine reasons, who registered late.

Oloyed lamented the spate of examination malpractices despite the use of technology and blamed parents and operators of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres, saying even with introduction CCTV, perpetrators would still not relent.
“We are not using internet but cable in the conduct of our examinations, but what these centre owners do is disconnect us and tell all sought of lies about our system
“I can assure you that we would not stop until we get the best examination conducted in this country,” he said, adding that the board would no longer release results within 24 hours, but would wait till the final examination.”

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