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UTME: JAMB nabs graduates, MSc holders for impersonation

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.Says 1,236,316 candidates have so far taken ongoing examinations
By Joseph Erunke
THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Monday, disclosed that it has arrested over 50 persons across the country for impersonation in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Candidates writing the 2019 Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) examination at Kaduna State University ICT Center in Kaduna on Thursday (11/4/19).
The nation’s tertiary institutions’ examination regulatory body, in its weekly news bulletin released on Monday, said the over 50 persons it apprehended for examination offences, were mostly graduates, Masters Degree and postgraduate certificate holders of higher institutions.
JAMB described the arrested persons as “professional examination writers who sit the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, for prospective candidates for a fee.”
“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has uncovered a group of professional examination writers who sit the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, for prospective candidates for a fee.
As a result of the various intelligence gathering mechanisms of the board, over 50 of such professional examination writers have been arrested across the country.
“Some of these fraudsters are Masters Degree certificate holders, postgraduate and undergraduates students of tertiary institutions,” the board said in the bulletin.
According to JAMB, “These professional writers connived with some Computer Based Test, CBT centre owners to perpetuate this crime through engaging in multiple registrations whereby the fingerprints of the actual candidates and their impersonators are captured side by side.”
“The modus operandi of these UTME syndicates was confirmed when one of the kingpins was apprehended recently,” it explained.
It explained further: “On interrogation, he confessed to the multiple registrations of his biometric along with several other candidates preparing to take the 2019 UTME with the intention to sit the examination on their behalf in exchange for a hefty sum of money.”
“This development is the fundamental reason for the decision of the board to revalidate all biometrics of candidates that have taken the board’s examinations in recent time,” it said.
According to it, “This timely action would enable the board to not only fish out and dismantle these registration cartels and racketeers but also bring them to book along with their collaborators.”
“Yet another startling revelation was the discovery by the board that a substantial portion of yearly UTME applications was composed of these bogus registrations,” it said.
The organisation regretted that: “These unwholesome applications have the singular effect of ballooning the total statistics data of registration amounting to 1.8 million candidates that have registered for the UTME.”
“The board, in a bid to live up to its billing as an epitome of integrity, has therefore resolved to set machinery in motion to effect the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in these unwholesome activities capable of subverting the sanctity of the entire examination process and its credibility,”it explained further in the bulletin.
Meanwhile, JAMB disclosed that as at last Saturday, a total of 1,236,316 candidates have so far taken their examinations in the ongoing UTME.
“A total of 1,886,238 UTME candidates who registered for the 2019 UTME are expected to sit for the examination nationwide,” it said.
JAMB also said”a  total of 103,173 candidates registered for the Direct Entry, DE.”
“The figure for the 2019 UTME shows an increase of 233,240 candidates against the number of applications received for the 2018 UTME which was 1,652,998.
“The Direct Entry applications for 2018 totalled 140,020 indicating a decrease of 36,847 in 2019.
“However, even the lower figure recorded for the 2019 Direct Entry applications was a plus as it was borne out of the recently-introduced policy of positive upgrade of UTME candidates with higher qualifications.
“As such, UTME candidates who have higher qualifications other than O’level would be automatically upgraded to DE status,” it further explained in the bulletin.

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