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The Registrar/Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, yesterday in Abuja stated that 15 employees of the examination body are being probed for allegedly messing up the accreditation of examination centres during the last Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Ojerinde who was talking to members of the House of Representatives in Abuja on Wednesday said the action of these employees led to the problems that were encountered during the 2016 UTME.

Several candidates in the last examination complained that JAMB messed up their results and the examination process was characterised by irregularities.

“A committee has been set up to investigate the role of some of our staff, about 15 of them, who conducted accreditation for some centers and if they are found guilty, they risk jail terms,” he said.

Members of House of Representatives then agreed that JAMB may continue with the computer-based test for the conduct of UTME.

Several newspapers reported that the lawmakers had initially told the examination body to revert to the paper and pencil test in the conduct of UTME.

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The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, denied that the lawmakers ever told JAMB to revert to the pencil and paper format.

According to Mohammed, Nigeria cannot afford to return to PPT.

He said, “Basically, we need to be educated more. We are in support of the CBT and we cannot go back to paper-pencil; we must be in tandem with the world in the conduct of our examinations.

“The House (of Representatives) did not take any position on CBT, but there were fractions on the floor as to the adoption of both methods and I believe it is the reason why the House Committee on Basic Education was mandated to investigate. Nigeria cannot afford to maintain double standard as we know other African countries such as Uganda have been to our country to replicate our system such as the CBT.”

Source: The PUNCH

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