The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede has pointed out that malpractice and indiscipline are some of the unfavourable issues and challenges that the board faces.
According to sources, the Registrar disclosed this when members of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education went to the board’s headquarters located in Bwari, Abuja on Monday.
The registrar also revealed that most parents are very desperate to get their wards or children into tertiary institutions that they resort to calling him to ask for favours, knowing fully well that their wards did not meet the requirement of the system.
Oloyede also noted that some tertiary institutions go against the Federal Government’s policy guidelines authorised by the Ministry of Education in the course of admitting students.
In his words;
“Our challenge remains examination malpractice, especially with regards to parents who keep calling me to favour their wards or children whether they meet the requirements of the system or not.
“There’s also indiscipline from the tertiary institutions who admit against the Federal Government’s policy guidelines as mandated by the Ministry of Education.
“At the end of the day, after admitting outside these policies, they put pressure on students at the final moments towards graduation to come back to us for what they call regularisation,”
”We also have the same challenge from some private sectors and dubious Computer Based Test (CBT) centres too and we are really putting efforts to curb this.”
Oleyede noted that the total number of candidates that registered for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) was not up to 1.4 million, he said that it was a low figure when compared to 2.2 million candidates that registered in 2020.
He disclosed that the compulsory use of the National Identity Number (NIN) helped the board to keep some of the malpractices usually encountered during the UTME registration in check.
According to him, most of the malpractices include multiple and fraudulent registrations by candidates with irregular credentials.
He also said that during the 2021 examination, the board faced another challenge, he noted that some of the security operatives attached to some of the centres allegedly smuggled different fraudulent candidates into the examination hall.
“Even after they dodge the verification process where of course the system would have identified them through their pictures, the cameras at the centres immediately picked them and we were able to apprehend them.
“That was when some of them said either their parents gave the security operatives money to let them in or the candidates themselves bribed their way in.
”So whether we like it or not, NIN helped us curb some of these challenges at both the registration and examination exercise,” he added.
On JAMB’S budget performance for 2020, the Registrar noted that the board set aside N4.1 billion from the Federal Government coffers, noting that the staff welfare was of prime importance and they were well taken care of.