The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced its intention to prosecute a candidate, Ejikeme Mmesoma, for allegedly inflating her score in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Ms. Mmesoma claimed to have achieved a score of 362, which would have made her the top scorer. Additionally, JAMB has uncovered another case involving Atung Gerald from Kaduna State, who falsely claimed a score of 380 despite never sitting for the exam.
The revelation has sparked outrage and raised concerns about the integrity of the examination process. JAMB, responsible for conducting UTME in Nigeria, has vowed to take decisive action against individuals involved in such fraudulent activities.
According to JAMB officials, an investigation into Ms. Mmesoma’s claims was launched after she was awarded a 3 million naira scholarship by Chief Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, the Chairman of Innoson Group. The Anambra State government also intended to grant her a scholarship, prompting JAMB to initiate a thorough examination of her results.
Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of JAMB, spoke on the matter, stating, “We take issues of exam malpractice very seriously, as it undermines the credibility of our educational system. Upon investigation, it was discovered that Ms. Mmesoma had fraudulently inflated her UTME score from 249 to 362. Such actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Furthermore, JAMB unearthed the case of Atung Gerald, who falsely claimed a score of 380 despite never taking the exam. These instances of fraudulent claims have raised concerns about the existence of organized networks involved in exam malpractice and score manipulation.
JAMB has assured the public that it will thoroughly investigate these cases and work with relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that those involved face the full consequences of their actions. Prosecution will be pursued to deter others from engaging in similar fraudulent activities.
The revelation of the fraudulent scores and subsequent actions by JAMB have prompted calls for enhanced security measures and stricter oversight in the examination process. Stakeholders emphasize the importance of maintaining the integrity of educational assessments to ensure fair opportunities for all candidates.
As JAMB continues its investigation and prepares to prosecute Ms. Mmesoma for inflating her UTME score, the incident serves as a reminder of the need for vigilance and stringent measures to curb exam malpractice in Nigeria. The Anambra State government, in response to these developments, has halted its plan to award a scholarship to Ms. Mmesoma and is cooperating with JAMB in its investigations.
The revelations made by JAMB highlight the importance of maintaining transparency, fairness, and meritocracy in the education system. Efforts to eradicate exam malpractice and uphold the credibility of assessments will continue to be a priority for JAMB and other relevant institutions as they work towards providing equal opportunities for all Nigerian students.