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JAMB acquires N465m scanners

 By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA—To ensure timely release of candidates’ results, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has acquired 31 scanning machines worth over N465 million.

The scanners used for the marking of the results were the types used in the e-voting system in the United Kingdom (UK). Each of the scanners cost about N15million and they have the capacity to mark about 9,000 scripts per hour.

The examination body while making the disclosure yesterday in Abuja, also insisted that, about 82,000 candidates who sat for the 2010 UTME and failed to shade their scripts properly as directed will not get any result for admission processes this year.

Director, Information and Technology Services, ITS,  JAMB, Mrs. Olujide Adisa who spoke to newsmen said the results will remain the way they are.

The Board disclosed further that more results were released, weekend, after the Board had gone through reports of centres suspected to be involved in massive cheating. Some of the centres are those located in Lagos State.

Some of the affected candidates in the 82,000 results that have been withheld did not shade the subject column of their answer scripts while others shaded partially leaving one or two blank.

The partial release of results by the Board has generated a lot of controversy, which got the attention of the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai who visited the JAMB office to demand the reason behind the controversy.


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