The Nigerian educational system which used to be known to be a sane and healthy sector in the past has now become a bedrock for bribery and corruption. In fact it is now more of a training ground for corruption. Personnel of the education sector are no longer interested in grooming and training young minds to become great people in the society through honesty and hardwork but are rather interested in how they can make more money.
Students also are no longer encouraged or pushed to study hard because most parents are ready to pay for examinations to be written for their kids or even buy the results. Some teachers are even in the habit of collecting tips or bribes from students to give them question papers or answers prior to examinations. This is the exact epidemic that has plagued and eaten deep into the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), including WAEC and NECO.
Fortunately, ever since professor Ishaq Oloyede came into office as registrar and chief executive of JAMB, he has succeeded in sanitizing the once corrupt and ridicule-ridden establishment, transforming it into an enviable establishment, even successfully raking in unprecedented revenues for the examination board. About a week ago, after much investigations, he successfully exposed some people who obtained fake results from JAMB, or who had acquired their results through falsehood, bribery and impersonation.
He revealed that even some highly influential people in the country were found guilty and their names were on the list of defaulters that they had on ground and even promised to have their names published. Meanwhile, earlier today, while prof. Ishaq Oloyede was announcing the release of the results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), conducted few weeks ago, he broke down in tears, as reported by Sun News.
The discovery made during the period of scrutiny of the examination centers was unprecedented and the Registrar was deeply shocked by the extent some candidates went to perfect their cheating in the examination. Oloyede told journalists in Abuja that JAMB identified a large number of impersonators that specialized in writing UTME for candidates, including most of the tutorial masters that also specialized in recruiting professional writers for their candidates.
He said they use names directly or variants of the name or multiple registrations. In Anambra State, two centres registered large number of impersonating candidates and that led to cancellation of the results and the CBT centres delisted.
“We also tracked the registration centres and the computers used, he said, adding that “Another dimension of impersonation was a futile attempt of defeating the biometric capturing of ten fingers that was introduced in 2017. The fraudsters thought they could beat the system through ‘contributed fingers’, where two or more persons would use their fingers to register for candidates, thinking that any of them would be able to write for such candidates if the system allowed it.
“Another examples were in Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare, where someone’s fingerprint was discovered in 42 person’s registration, and in Bauchi State University, Gadau, where one person’s fingerprint was traced to the registration of 64 candidates with a view to allowing any of the finger-contributing impersonators to access the examination hall.”
He said the Board went to the extent of interacting with the principal officers of the institution in Azare, and “we appreciated the Council Chairman and Provost of the College whose cooperation led to the confession of the culprit that he contributed fingers in good faith.”
He said the confession, as bad as it was, is good for the Board as, without it, there would have been doubts about the accuracy of the technology deployed to determine and detect the infraction. He highlighted another case in Borno State where, in Nassara Computer Academy, Maiduguri, 233 candidates had one particular finger included in each of their biometric registration.
He also said that JAMB has made representative arrests through the effort of Special Task Force set up by Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), which assisted JAMB tremendously in tracking the offenders.