Over 80,000 results of candidates who wrote the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been withheld for various malpractices by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Prof Is-haq Oloyede made this known at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday June 1. He also added that some parents paid up to N200,000 to owners of Computer Based Centres (CBT) to upgrade the results of their children.
Some interesting numbers.
1, 606,901 results have been released so far.
80,889 results haven’t been released.
Oloyede said: “So far we have released the results of 1,606,901 candidates after the examinations, leaving us with a balance of 80, 889. Out of this 80,000, we have deliberately
withheld 76,923 for further investigation because of alleged malpractices in the centres where the examinations where held.”
But there’s no reason to panic if your results haven’t been released.
“There is no need to panic if you belong to the 80,000. For us we want to thoroughly investigate what had happened.
“We do not mean that this 80,889, all of them committed any infraction, no. We did not say so. In fact, those who committed the infraction may be less than 10 per cent of these
people but when something happens in a centre pending investigation to know who was involved, who was not involved, the best thing is to withhold the results of certain number.
“The results that have not been released will be released before the commencement of the
admission exercise for those who are not guilty of any infraction. 76, 923 results are the ones we are investigating the centres.
“Parents who are super rich paid N200, 000 to allow their children score high marks. Next year, we are going to install hammers for our examination.”
Some candidates will have to retake.
640 candidates will be having retakes all over the country, because they had biometric problems while trying to take their exams.
“As at today, 640 candidates out of the 1.7 million across the country could not do biometric verification. We have investigated why and have found various reasons including the fact that
some centres or fraudsters registered candidates taking the image of their thumbs rather than the actual thumbs.
“In fairness, what we think that we should do is to assume that the students were not guilty.
We have decided that the whole 640 students will be made to write their examination as we promised them and they will also be part of those who will write their examination.
“Those people will however write the examination under my very own eyes because if you
are well, you cannot be verified and you registered, and there was no problem with your biometric you will be allowed to write the examination.”
The Professor did not confirm the dates that the retakes will be held.