JAMB Bars 72 CBT Centres Over Exam Malpractice, Technical Issue

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has sanctioned about 72 Computer-based Test centres over various offences in the conduct of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

According to a press statement made available to our correspondent by JAMB Head of Public Affairs, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the centres were sanctioned because they were involved in examination malpractice.

It also said that some of the centres caused technical hitches during the UTME and made it impossible for some candidates to write the examination.

The statement showed that 48 of the centres were delisted for gross misconduct and technical deficiencies and thereby barred from participating in the conduct of future examinations.

It also revealed that 24 centres were suspended and would not take part in the examination next year because they lacked the technical capacity to do so.

The Registrar, JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, had on Tuesday this week announced the cancellation of 59,598 results, adding that 62,140 candidates, comprised of 57, 646 candidates who sat for the examination in fraudulent centres; 683 who had biometric issues; and 3,811 others who did late registration.

Meanwhile JAMB had announced that those who missed the examination due to technical hitches would have a resit on July 1.

The JAMB PRO said that the names of candidates that missed the examination had been compiled and that the board would communicate to them soon.

“We are going to reach out to all affected candidates, there should not be any panic over that. We will send centres where they would write the exams,” he said.

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