UTME: 70% centre owners fraudulent ―JAMB Registrar


The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede, on Thursday, expressed disappointment in the manner some private centre operators have been conniving with some candidates and parents to engage in malpractice in the ongoing UTME, adding that about 70 per cent of private centre operators are complicit.

Oloyede who spoke while monitoring the exercise at JKK CBT Centre in Lagos on Thursday said the Board would consider dropping the use of finger printing for accreditation in its future examinations, saying there are now new technologies that would be used to address that.

He said it was unfortunate that while the Board has been working hard to put things in place to ensure a smooth running of the system, many CBT centre owners, candidates, and even parents, have continued to look for new ways of beating the system. He added that the process of accreditation for centres would be more stringent next year.

He said; “But as they try to beat us, we are there before them. We have seen many people you would call eminent Nigerians who are school owners, centre owners and even with PhD qualifications, who are engaging in fraudulent practices. It is shocking and embarrassing too. But JAMB is far ahead of them.”

The Registrar further disclosed that a total of 1,648,429 candidates have sat the examination as of Wednesday, out of which a total of 1,048,914 results have been released.

He, however, stressed that released results can still be cancelled if, after videos recorded by the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) are viewed, it is discovered that there is evidence of malpractice.

Oloyede added; “It is sad to note that many parents are a bunch of disappointment. In their efforts to cheat the system, many were discovered to have engaged the services of fraudulent operators who in turn engage the CBT owners for candidates’ registration. In the process, problems arose. Many have been arrested and more may still be arrested.

“As long as we are here, the sanctity and integrity of our examination will be protected. All the private CBT centres where the issues have been identified with won’t be accredited by JAMB.”