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Just in: Jamb hand over 180 candidates to police.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has handed over 180 candidates in the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) to the police for prosecution over alleged involvement in examination malpractices.

It said 70 per cent of the candidates have been arraigned, while others are undergoing investigation.


JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this yesterday in an interview in Abuja.

He said the candidates were arrested across the country during the conduct of the examination that ended last Saturday.


The board had on Sunday published the names and states of some of the candidates fingered in examination malpractices in its weekly bulletin, with Imo, Anambra and Enugu states topping the list with 26, 12 and 12 candidates.

Some of their offences included: examination by proxy, attempt to cheat, forceful entrance, tampering with examination documents, smuggling of phones into the examination halls, among others.


Other states on the list of malpractices are Abia, Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ondo, Oyo and Osun.

The JAMB spokesman said that the arrested candidates were with the police, adding that their arraignment had started.


He said: “They are about 180 candidates. We arrested them all over the country. We are harmonising the list and following up on it to ensure that all of them are arraigned.

“Most of them have been arraigned already. Seventy per cent of them have been arraigned already.


“They (the candidates) are with the police. So the police will prosecute them. We don’t have prosecuting powers. When the police start prosecution, they will certainly get across to us.

“Most of them have even been arraigned. When the arraignment is concluded, we will give you a comprehensive report..

“When we get to a stage that is important for everyone to know, we will let you know. But some of them have already been arraigned by the police.”


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COVID-19: NECO indefinitely postpone common entrance examination in Nigeria.


The National Examination Council (NECO) has postponed the 2020 national common entrance examination indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exam, which is for admission into federal unity colleges across the country, was earlier scheduled to hold on March 28, 2020.


But in a statement on Tuesday, Azeez Sani, NECO’s head, information and public relations division, said the decision is in “deference to the various measures being put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curtail the potential spread of Coronavirus (COV1D-19).”

Sani also disclosed that a new date would be communicated to candidates in due course while registration for the examination continues.


”The National Examination Council, NECO wishes to inform all candidates, guardians and relevant stakeholders of the indefinite postponement of the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Federal Unity Colleges earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday 28 March, 2020,” the statement read.

“This decision is in deference to the various measures being put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curtail the potential spread of Coronavirus (COV1D-19).


“The Management of NECO regrets any inconveniences the postponement might have caused our esteemed Candidates and other Stakeholders.

“A new date for the examination will be communicated to Candidates and other Stakeholders in due course. Meanwhile, registration for the examination continues.”

The development comes about the same time when the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) temporarily suspended all activities requiring physical contacts in all its offices and centres nationwide.

There are currently 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.


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JAMB officially recommend new way to check results.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a new method for candidates who sat for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB in a statement on Wednesday via its verified Twitter handle also refuted reports that it has cancelled the results of examinations held on Saturday, March 14, Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020.


According to the examination body, candidates who sat for the 2020 UTME should check their results via their mobile phones.

The statement directed the students to check their 2020 UTME results by sending RESULT to 55019, and not on the board’s website.

“JAMB has not cancelled the results of its examination conducted on Saturday, March 14, Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020,” the tweet read.


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UTME candidates should not involve in exam malpractice – Adamu Adamu warned


As the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) holds mock for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) today (Tuesday, February 18, 2020), Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has warned sitting candidates against examination malpractices.

While warning universities and other tertiary institutions to abide by the rules of the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) established by JAMB, Adamu noted that the government is aware of the corrupt practices such as admission racketeering, amongst others.

“Candidates who are billed to sit for the 2020 UTME are urged to refrain from any form of malpractices as this administration detests all forms of corruption, including examination malpractice and admission racketeering.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

“Permit me to seize this opportunity to state that the leadership of any higher institution found to be involved in admitting any candidate without the prior approval of the board or outside the established platform – CAPS – would be considered and treated as corrupting the system,” Punch quoted Adamu as saying.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, had however disclosed that the board has so far registered over 1.9 million prospective candidates for its 2020 UTME, with a few hours to the end of the exercise.


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NECO releases 2019 Nov/Dec results


The National Examination Council NECO has announced the release of results for 2019 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination SSCE.

This is coming exactly forty nine (49) days after the last paper was written, as the examination was conducted from Monday, 18th November to Wednesday, 18th December 2019.

A statement signed and made available to Journalists by the acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Mohammed Gana made these known.


The statement also revealed that a total number of twenty nine (29) subjects were examined.

A total number of 70,140 candidates registered for the examinations.


A total number of 65,207 candidates sat for English Language out of which 41,214, representing 63% made Distinction and Credit.

66,398 candidates sat for Mathematics, out of which 54,565, representing 82.18% made Distinction and Credit.


33,576 candidates, representing 48.68% got five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

On the other hand, 50,057 candidates, representing 72.57% got Five Credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics.


A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics further revealed that, 2018 and 2019 shows 62.48% for 2018 and 48.68% for 2019, representing a decrease of 13.8% in 2019.

The council also stated that not all candidates required Credit in either English Language or Mathematics or both.

Concerning candidate’s involvement in various forms of malpractice in 2019 when compared to 2018 the council said, there was an increase in the number of candidates booked for malpractice, while 12,084 cases were recorded in 2018, 17,004 cases were recorded in 2019.

According to the council, “This came about as a result of the comprehensive monitoring by senior staff”


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Shocker: 2 arrested in taraba after defrauding JAMB candidates ..


The Taraba Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested two suspects for allegedly defrauding students at an illegal Joint Admission and Matriculations Board registration centre.

The Taraba Commandant of NSCDC, Alhaji Aliyu Ndanusa, disclosed this to newsmen at the corps’ headquarters in on Saturday.


According to him, the government approved price for JAMB registration was N4,000 while the two suspects were charging students N4,200 in contravention of the directives.

Ndanusa said that the NSCDC would not sit back to allow fraudulent persons to defraud the unsuspecting members of the public.


He said the two were arrested following an outcry by JAMB officials in the state over the activities of unauthorised persons defrauding students.

“Operatives of the NSCDC have been recently trained at a workshop for the purpose of monitoring the registration centres to ensure that they comply with the FG’s directives of N4,000 registration fees for JAMB.

“Anybody who adds any amount to this has already contravened the directives and will be made to face the wrath of the law,” he said.

Ndanusa said the suspects would be charged to court immediately after investigation.


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NECO calls DSS for help to fight exam malpractices ..


The National Examination Council (NECO) has reached out to the Department of State Services (DSS) for support in tackling cases of impersonation and malpractices ahead of its 2020 exams.

Abubakar Saddique, chairman of NECO’s governing board, disclosed this when he led Abubakar Gana, acting registrar of the council, and the management team on a visit to the office of Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the DSS, in Abuja.


According to Saddique, the initiative was among several other measures introduced by the council to checkmate cases of malpractices before, during and after its exams.

The chairman of NECO’S governing board explained that the several initiatives trawled by the exam body to tackle malpractices had minimal success because of lack of adequate security architecture in place.


“Our council has put in place measures aimed at checking examination malpractice. Despite this, without adequate security architecture, such measures will not yield the desired results,” he said.

“Among the measures we introduced is the biometric capturing of candidates to check impersonation at examination centres.


“We, therefore, appeal to the personnel of DSS to strengthen their collaboration with NECO to prevent any form of malpractice before, during and after the conduct of the Council examination.”

On his part, Gana said that aside the biometric capturing, the council has procured additional 20 pick-up Hilux vans for examination logistics.


He said NECO’s partnership with the DSS would enable the exam body grapple with the challenges arising from globalisation and use of technology to prevent abuse.

“The world is experiencing rapid changes resulting from rapid development, these changes revolve around two major phenomena of emerging technology and globalisation,” he said.

“While these two phenomena have their advantages, they also come with disadvantages, especially when abused, which result in the scourge of examination malpractice, which has assumed a global dimension.”

In his reaction, Bichi reiterated the DSS’ commitment to upholding transparency and credibility in exams conducted by NECO.


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JAMB set to suspend NIN requirements


Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), announced yesterday that the National Identity Number (NIN) will no longer be a pre-requisite for candidates interested in registering for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) admission process.

It also announced a temporary suspension of its partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), in the registration and issuance of NIN to candidates.


JAMB had, hitherto, made NIN a pre-requisite for registration for the 2020 UTME with a view to eliminate cases of impersonation as was recorded in 2019 UTME exercise.

Explaining the reason for the suspension, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who addressed journalists in Abuja, yesterday said: “We had agreed that NIN would be a pre-requisite for registration for 2020 UTME which will commence on Monday (tomorrow). But there was public outcry on the frustrations and difficulties that candidates were subjected to before getting the NIN.

“We were forced to review our strategies and we arrived at a point that it was obvious that we could not go ahead with NIN as pre-requisite for registration because of the challenges that might affect the participation of large number of candidates.

“To this end, we have decided to suspend the use of NIN for 2020 UTME exercise. We have unanimously agreed to shift the use of NIN to 2021 when candidates must have been given enough time and opportunity to get the NIN. However, about 11, 000 of our staff, permanent and adhoc, that would participate in the exercise would still be required to submit their NIN for verification.”


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UTME enrollment: Candidates complain over delay


Some prospective candidates of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination has expressed displeasure at the cumbersome process of registration and enrolment for National Identity Number.

A large number of the candidates, who besieged the headquarters of National Identity Management Commission on Wednesday in Abuja lamented the stress they were made to pass through and spent three to four days before issuance of temporary card.

Most of the students said the exercise was a waste of time and energy as they spent four days before they were registered.

The students said the process was slow because the officials were not on the ground to attend to them.


The candidates fumed at how they were made to line up and suffered under the scotching sun.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board had recently announced its partnership with NIMC with a view to harmonising data of candidates for the forthcoming UTME.

The House of Representatives had asked JAMB to suspend the policy till 2021 to allow more time and better awareness for prospective candidates.


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Failing an exam, sometimes examiners are only testing your ability – Reno Omokri


Social media activist and politician Reno Omokri has something for students who consider themselves to be a failure after failing an exam.

According to him, they are not, as examinations are not truly the best way to test for intelligence. He stated that exams are just means to test one’s memory and should not be used as a yardstick for success.


He wrote:

Exams are a test of memory, not a test of intelligence. Read to pass your exam but don’t think you are unintelligent because you fail. Dont think you are better than those who failed. You might actually end up working for a classmate who failed


But it appears as if some of his followers on Twitter have other opinions on the subject. A man identified as Austin believes exams are both a test of memory and of intelligence, as some examination questions are set to determine once analytical capacity.

I think exam is a test of both. If exams were just about memory, there wouldnt be that critical and analytical dimensions in exams. Sometimes, an examiner is testing your ability to be analytical or critical on an issue than your ability to just memorize…


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JAMB fix 2020 UTME examinations between March 14 and April 4.

…optional exam to take place February.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said it would be holding the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination between March 14 and April 4.

It noted that an optional mock examination for candidates takes place on February 18, 2020.

The JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday in Abuja, where he met with Commissioners for Education from the 36 states.

The Registrar said the registration for the UTME would start on January 13 and end on February 17.

Details later…

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