Mmesoma: 'How to verify UTME results claims before awarding scholarships', JAMB releases statement

2024-05-07 16:54:30

Legit.ng - Nigeria news.

FCT, Abuja - The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged Nigerians to verify claims of excellent performance by candidates in the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) before awarding scholarships.

Legit.ng reports that JAMB's registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, gave this advice while interacting recently with newsmen in Bwari, Abuja.

JAMB's latest counsel was contained in its weekly bulletin seen by Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 7.

According to Oloyede, seeking clarifications from the board would prevent fraudulent claims of excellence.

He made particular reference to the case of Ms. Mmesoma Ejikeme and other candidates, who had tampered with their scores to curry undue favours from the public.

While fielding questions on the board's unwillingness to publish the names of its best-performing candidates, the JAMB boss stated that the UTME is a ranking examination for candidates, who had five O'level credit passes in English Language and Mathematics and were thus qualified for tertiary institution admission.

Furthermore, he explained that other parameters would come into play to constitute what would later be considered the minimum admissible score for candidates seeking admission to tertiary institutions.

Oloyede said:

"Owing to public demand and to avoid a repeat of the Mmesoma saga, we will not hesitate to provide guidance for those who may want to award prizes to these set of high-performing candidates.

"Therefore, the board appeals to all concerned to always verify claims by candidates before offering such awards."

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that JAMB introduced new channels for the acceptance of admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The examination body stated that it decided to introduce new channels after discovering a "series of abuses" associated with accepting admission by candidates through which unscrupulous elements exploit unsuspecting candidates.

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