Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), has applauded the Joint Adnissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for de-listing 76 Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers for various infractions during the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
CACOL also commended the examination board for ordering the prosecution of about one hundred persons allegedly involved in various malpractices during the UTME which was held between April 11 and 18, 2019.
CACOL, in a statement issued to journalists on Monday by its Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, stated, “We would recollect that during the 3rd Annual seminar of the Nigerian Academy of Education, held last weekend, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede revealed how security operatives caught some cheats who tried to cut corners in collaboration with some JAMB officials and operators of some CBT centers.
“He revealed how unknown to them, CCTV cameras, were recording every inch of their action unknown to them. The JAMB Registrar expressed amazement at the number of people perpetrating these anomalies even among its own staff.
“As far as CACOL is concerned, the fight against corruption within the Nigerian society could not be successfully waged if school children and adults freely manipulate the process of adjudging performance and rewarding academic abilities.
“This is why we insist that those found culpable by JAMB in this latest infraction should not be spared but made to bear the full brunt of their betrayal by bringing the full weight of the law to bear to serve as a deterrent.
“It is unfortunate that due to the unholy romance with corruption by successive governments in Nigeria, the scourge was seen by many Nigerians as a desirable bride. It is high time we used a big rod to exterminate the ogre of this canker-worm for a better Nigeria to suffice.”
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