Abuja CBT Centre Blinded CCTV Cameras With Sacks –JAMB
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that crooks are now establishing CBT centres, and meeting the agency’s requirements only to misuse the opportunities.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said that some centre operators are sabotaging plans to make the examination fraud-free, and cited the example of a centre in Kubwa, Abuja, where operators blinded the cameras with sacks to frustrate remote detection of malpractices that happened there.
He vowed not to release results of candidates identified in footages of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) to have indulged in unwholesome practices during the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Speaking on a Channels Television current affairs programme, on Thursday, Prof. Oloyede said his agency had been busy in the past days reviewing recorded footages of the examination across the country, and that a number of candidates had been marked out for sanction.
While responding to a question by one of the anchors of the programme on why some candidates were yet to receive their results despite promises by JAMB to release outcomes within 24 hours, he said: “Those who have not received their results are qualified not to receive for now.
“In all cases where there were no problems, we released results of the examination within 24 hours. But those who have not received theirs, they may not be culpable but we are investigating.
“Where we have reason to doubt anything or where we have report of anything that is not acceptable to us, we have withheld the results. We will keep on releasing them as we clear them.
“For instance, this morning (yesterday), we released another 15,000 results. But among those who sat in that centre, we have reasons, concrete evidence to say that about 300 of them, their results will not be released because we know they were not in the hall where the examination took place.”
“We are comparing those who sat for the examination, how long they sat in the hall, and how some of them took excuses that they were going to the toilet only to go to what they called VIP.
“All this, we are now able to track. And we want to say that we will not hesitate to sanction anybody no matter how highly placed.”
Prof. Oloyede said the CCTV cameras deployed at every Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres across the country helped JAMB detect and arrest unwholesome practices.
The JAMB registrar appealed to credible organisations and individuals to come forward to partner JAMB in the establishment of reputable CBT centres across the country.
JAMB had on May 16 released the first batch results of the UTME conducted between May 13 and May 20. The Board continued to release the results in batches ever since.
About 1.7 million candidates registered for the 2017 UTME and sat for the examination in 642 centres across the country. About 1.2 million candidates registered for the examination in 2016.