JAMB to punish exam cheats caught via CCTV footage

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that it will fish out those involved in examination malpractice through its closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs).

The CCTVs were installed in the centres where the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) were held.

Fabian Benjamin, the board’s head, media and information, said in a statement on Sunday that the viewing would enable it to detect cheats.

According to Benjamin, where there is any semblance of irregularities, the board will not hesitate to do the needful, that is, sanction the cheats.

“Those who know they were involved in any acts inimical to our examination ethics should not celebrate as their inglorious days of punishment will soon surface,” he said.

“Again, we want to seize this opportunity to debunk messages being circulated by those who do not wish our education well that the senate has passed a bill urging the board to add extra 40 marks to candidates.

“There is no bill anywhere, not even a motion has been tabled before the two chambers of the national assembly on the board’s 2017 UTME performance.

“The board wants to state for the umpteenth time that our examination is not a ‘fail pass’ examination; it is a selection examination, so, it can never be said that there is mass failure.

“It will be absolutely wrong for mischief makers to begin to analyse an examination that has just been concluded without even looking at the overall result.

“We urge candidates to disregard all funny connotations online on their results as the board will not contemplate doing all that is being speculated as that will negate the ethics of an examination body as critical as JAMB.”

He further noted that the registrar had constituted a task force with the mandate to examine the entire conduct of the examination.

The task force, he said, is expected to look at the fortification processes done by the board, identify areas of loopholes in various centers if any and consider cases that would require urgent action, especially those involving candidates.

He said the task force will also investigate malpractice cases and recommend likely sanctions in accordance with the provisions of the examination malpractice act.

“One of the likely benefits of this taskforce which has renowned scholars and management staff is to ensure that it identified challenges to be addressed so that they don’t occur subsequently,” he said.

“The board is determined to ensure equity and fairness to all candidates and will not hesitate to allow the weight of the law to deal with whoever is involved in any infraction.”

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