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Friday, 16 June 2017

Beware of fraudsters, JAMB chief warns candidates rewriting UTME


The Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board (JAMB)
has warned candidates who
will have to re-write the
Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination
(UTME) not to seek
information from fraudsters
and unauthorised web
operators.
JAMB registrar, Is-haq
Oloyede, gave the warning
Thursday in an interview
with PREMIUM TIMES.
The board cancelled the
results of at least 62,140
candidates in the UTME 2017
as a result of technical
deficiencies, extortion,
organised examination
malpractice and other
infractions.
It further ordered the
affected candidates to get
ready to re-take the
examinations on July 1.
The 62,140 cancelled results
include of 57,646 candidates
in centres-induced
malpractice, 3,811 late
registration, and 683
candidates who had
biometric challenges.
Some of the candidates are
stranded due to inability to
know their result status.
Warning affected candidates
against false information, Mr.
Oloyede said, “Candidates
should not fall victim to
fraudsters, unauthorized web
operators and Computer
based centers asking them of
money to reverse the
cancellation of their result or
to check one information or
the other.”
According to Mr. Oloyede, a
professor, affected candidates
would be contacted by SMS,
email or through their JAMB
profile.
He further warned the candidates not to
be deceived by fake information.
Over 1.7 million candidates registered
for UTME 2017 – more than 1.2 million
registered in 2016.
This year’s exam was conducted in 140
examination towns and 642 centres
which ran 7,359 sessions.
According to the board, a total of 25
exam centres were involved in centre-
induced cheating mostly masterminded
by their proprietors.
JAMB had at a meeting on the review of
2017 UTME approved the suspension of
24 Computer-Based Test centres for one
year due to technical issues.
The centres would not participate in the
2018 UTME but could be considered for
2019 and above.
Mr. Oloyede said the management
meeting had approved the “delisting of
forty-eight (48) centres from
participating in the board’s examination
in future as a result of serious technical
deficiencies, extortion, organised
examination malpractice and other
damaging infractions”.

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