The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that more than 10,000 candidates were caught for examination malpractices in the on-going Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Anambra State alone. These candidates have been handed over to appropriate authority, says JAMB.
The Coordinator of the board in Anambra, Mrs Lynda Nwachukwu, who disclosed this on Saturday, said that the all computer-based testing mode 2017 UTME, which started on May 13 in 642 centres nationwide, ended on May 20.
Though Mrs. Nwachukwu said that the examination was successful, Punchng reported that a correspondent, who monitored the last batch of the examination, said that some parents complained of system failure in some CBT centres in the state.
Mrs Eucharia Okonkwo, a parent, said her daughter, who wrote the examination at the St Mary’s High School Ifite-Dunu centre, could not complete the examination due to the faulty computer and network failure at the centre, reports Punchng. She called on JAMB to ensure that proper plans were put in place in subsequent examinations in order to avoid the technical hitches that could give the candidates psychological trauma.
This is serious. If about 10,000 candidates were caught for malpractice in only one state, what of the total for the entire country? What could be the problem? Already people are complaining of the faulty computer-based process, including breakdown of computer and other hitches. What could be leading to this high rate of malpractice? It seems JAMB has not yet got it right and that is what is giving room for the rising malpractice level.