Owners of delisted CBT centres under investigation – JAMB

The Registrar/Chief Executive of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said on Thursday that owners of some Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres which were delisted over alleged dishonesty in the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are currently under investigation by security agencies.

Prof. Oloyede, who stated this at a meeting with owners of CBT centres in Abuja, said their proprietors would soon face trial in court.

He said the board is ready to go the whole hog of investigation and legal processes just to serve as deterrent to others.

The JAMB chief also said every centre involved in any shameful act during registration and conduct of the examination would be fished out and dealt with appropriately.

He said: “On the part of the Board, we have delisted some centres that indulged in irregularities, malpractices and illegalities. While investigations are still ongoing in some other centres, we have reported those found culpable of crimes to the security agencies for appropriate actions including prosecution and its attendant consequences.

“In order to serve as deterrent to others, we are ready to go the whole hog of the investigation and legal processes and procedures.  We are also ready to support the processes with all the necessary logistics.

“Every centre involved in any shameful act during registration, conduct of the examination and even after the administration of the examination, including the individuals and entities claiming to have ability to increase scores of candidates or those involved in admission racketeering using the Computer Based Test centres as allies would be fished out and dealt with appropriately.

“In JAMB, the change begins with me campaign is not only a slogan, but it is already a way of life which we believe in and which we have adopted as our guiding principle.

“I therefore use this opportunity to register the Board’s strong displeasure over the conduct of some CBT centres, which in spite of the Board’s efforts in providing necessary facilities to the centres with a view to checking incessant tide of examination malpractice, still went ahead to perpetrate all sorts of illegal acts. We have taken the first and immediate action of suspending and delisting 72 centres.”

He said the Board called the meeting to review conduct of this year’s examination and also begin preparation for 2018.