Following the acceptance of result forgery by Mmesoma Ejikeme, the Anambra State Government has paid three months of psychotherapy for the controversial candidate of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, at a press briefing in her office in Awka on Thursday.
According to Chuma-Udeh, Mmesoma will go through guidance and counselling for three months as suggested by the UTME forgery case panel.
The 19-year-old made the headlines after she paraded herself as the best candidate for the 2023 UTME, a claim which was refuted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Mmesoma, who accused the board of wrong accusations later admitted that she indeed garnered 249 in the examination.
Meanwhile, JAMB had withdrawn her 2023 UTME score and slammed her with a three-year ban from taking the examination.
Mmesoma, On Wednesday, appeared before a panel of the House of Representatives in Abuja, where she tendered an apology to the exam body and pleaded for mercy.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, the Commissioner for Education noted that the therapy was recommended by the panel set up to probe the forgery case.
“We considered what Mmesoma did as ‘juvenile delinquency’ to which any child could fall victim. So, we are not going to throw the baby away with the bath water.
"She is now under a psychotherapist counsellor who will take her on therapy for three months after which the state government will appeal to JAMB management on behalf of her to reconsider one or two things.”