Following the protests by some some alleged UTME candidates in Benin and Lagos over the closure of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) registration portal in preparation for the 2016 Examination, the board has described their action as suspicious, saying they waited too late.
According to the Board, in the advertisement for the sale of the registration documents, it clearly stated that the sales would close by January, but due to public appeal it extended the registration process to February.
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP today in Abuja, the Head media, JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said it’s most unfortunate that some candidates waited until its website was withdrawn before making attempts to register.
“It’s imperative to disclose that the closure was also to allow the Board to prepare adequately for the examination slated for the end of February. The Board can not allow candidates to register perpetually. It has a time table and it adheres strictly to it to allow the tertiary institutions begin the process of admission early. We all must work to enshrine the culture of discipline in the system and ensure that tertiary institutions calendars.”
“It’s most unfortunate that some candidates waited until our website was withdrawn before making attempts to register. This scenario looks very suspicious, for a candidate who is billed to sit for an examination slated for February to suddenly appear in the same February protesting his inability to register less than a week to the examination when he knew that the registration was too close in the same month.”
The Board noted that the arrangement is not new to Nigerians as its process begins with the sales of application documents in August and ends early in the year of the examination while every aspiring candidate is expected to know as proper publicity involving the media is done.
According to JAMB, through this same process over a million candidates have applied within this period and it has made adequate preparation for them to sit for the 2016 exercise.
“However, it is common knowledge that one of the challenges of public examination in Nigeria is examination malpractice and one of the antics of the perpetrators of these acts is to force the Board into establishing a special center where late candidates will be bunched together to perpetrate exam malpractice.
“There are no special centers anymore because they are being used as insecurity avenues.
The Board is at the moment working tirelessly to conduct one of the best examination globally. its no news that other international public examination bodies are already in Nigeria to understudy how we were able to get it right with CBT testing in Nigeria.”
The Board also correcedt the misconception created by candidates that it posted them to far away examination centres, saing that it doesn’t post candidates to examination towns as candidates chose the town of their choice while the Board send them to centres within their chosen towns.