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  • Updated: April 24, 2024

Father nabbed for allegedly helping son write UTME

Father nabbed for allegedly  helping son write UTME

A father who impersonated his son in the recently concluded University and Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, has been arrested by security operatives. 

Professor Ishaq Oluyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has also expressed concern over the practice of parents writing exams for their children by impersonation. 

The father was recently detained for taking his son's exam, the JAMB Registrar said in response to inquiries from reporters immediately after touring a JAMB centre in Kaduna on Wednesday.

Oloyede stated that this has grown to be a significant issue for the board and that individuals who have cheated have to understand that it is not profitable.

Additionally, he clarified how technology was assisting the board in checking and apprehending such individuals.

“Across the country, most of the problem we have is impersonation. We have a case of a father impersonating his son, writing an examination for the son and I wonder, are you not destroying your son’s future?

“Of course, two of them are now in custody. I can’t understand what the father will now tell his son when they are both locked up in the same cell. This happened definitely not in Kaduna, but I don’t want to disclose the state.

“So, it is largely cases of impersonation, but we are ahead of them. We are just picking them up like chickens now because the facilities are there for us to see what they are doing and to pick them up. And even those that we have left for research purposes, they will see what will happen after the exams,” he said.

The Registrar further stated that there were occasions when persons possessed two NINs, which negated the aim of identification verification.

He stated that the board will take the matter up with the NIMC.

The JAMB Registrar also took the opportunity to inform those who missed the exam for reasons unrelated to the Examination Body that they should forget about it, stating that JAMB cannot spend tens of millions of dollars of the nation's resources to reorganise a session for a few candidates who missed the exams due to their recklessness.

He further stated that because UTME is not a school-based test, JAMB cannot be held liable for any failure caused by applicants who enrolled through their secondary schools and were unable to complete their prerequisites, either intentionally or owing to logistical issues.

The JAMB Registrar emphasised that UTME results cannot be valid for more than a year, defining it as a ranking test rather than an accomplishment examination that can be preserved for a long period.

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