Latest JAMB News Update For Today, Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
This is the first time in recent history that The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) would withhold general result of candidates who took the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). You would recall that the 2019 UTME commenced on April 11 and ended on the 18th of April with well over 1.8 million registered candidates, and till now, the examination body is yet to release the results.
In today’s news, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), urged JAMB to release the results of candidates who were not involved in examination malpractices during the 2019 UTME. The chairman of Lagos State NUT, Adesina Adedoyin, made the appeal while addressing the Press on Tuesday in Lagos. He said the examination body should sieve the chaff from the grain as quickly as possible because the delay in releasing the results is going to affect the innocent students negatively. Those who did not cheat during the examinations should not be punished for the offences they did not commit. By the time JAMB will ask them to come and re-write the examination, they may not perform better as they did earlier.
Adesina Adedoyin also criticised JAMB’s policy and guidelines which stated that if the number of candidates that cheated in an examination was more than the number of candidates that failed, then the examination should be cancelled. He also condemned the policy that stated that another examination should be conducted in such a centre. The NUT chairman said that such a policy was anti-people and should be abolished.
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Professors Speak On When 2019 UTME Results Should Be Released
Two university professors have backed JAMB’s determination to release the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results when it finally confirms the credibility of the scores.
Earlier, JAMB’s media aide, Fabian Benjamin, had said in response to why the examination body had yet to release the results, “We would strictly follow the process so that we can get it right. We are less concerned about the time, but (more about) how well and credible (the results become); neither policy meeting nor admission will start this month. Illegality had thrived in the society of over the years because people failed to follow issues to (their) logical conclusion. But we have decided to do otherwise, and we need the support of Nigerians to achieve that.
Speaking on the matter, Professor Femi Akinwumi of the University of Ibadan urged Nigerians to be patient and allow JAMB to release quality results.
“It is because it is a computer-based test that people are clamouring for the release of results unlike when it was a paper-based test; results are released much later those days. Let JAMB correct all the anomalies because some people are desperate to sabotage good processes. It is about quality of results not that it will be released now and later withdrawn.”
Similarly, Professor Adams Onuka, an education evaluation expert at the University of Ibadan, urged Nigerians to give JAMB the benefit of the doubt.
“I believe JAMB wants to rectify the various issues that surfaced during the conduct of the examination. It is better not to release results than to cancel them. One problem with this country is that we are quick to pass judgment when we don’t know what goes on behind.”
But Professor Clement Kolawole, a lecturer at the Department of Education, University of Ibadan, appealed to JAMB to release results that were ready.
He said, “It is so unfortunate that several days after JAMB conducted entrance examination into universities, results are not released for whatever reason. It is simply unacceptable for whatever reason. Whoever is supervising JAMB should call the agency to order. But I am not sure it is part of the duty and rights of JAMB to sit on students results indefinitely under whatever guise. If some people do not deserve to have result, such should be withheld for further investigation, that is the normal standard practice anywhere in the world.”