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JAMB denies releasing 2019 UTME results


Warns candidates against fraudsters
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it would reach out to candidates through their telephones as soon as the results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are ratified.The board’s head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday.

According to him, candidates should not be carried away by misleading information in some sections of the media, especially the social media.The 2019 UTME was conducted nationwide from April 11 to 18 for over 1.8 million candidates.“The board wants to distance itself from such rumours about releasing the results of candidates of the just-concluded UTME and steps to check these results as being speculated.

“Candidates should disregard this information, as it is not true. It is not emanating from the board.“No result has been released yet. Yes, the results are all ready, but we are yet to release them because they are still being ratified.“The board is carrying out all the checks and balances regarding these results by viewing the CCTV cameras as well as attending to all findings brought before it while the examination lasted.

“The release of the result will be publicised as soon as we are through with all the board has set out to achieve.“Candidates should not bother themselves going to any cybercafe to check any result. Our result check has been standardised. We will forward the results to the respective telephone numbers of those candidates who are deserving of it,” he said.He added that the board was intensifying efforts to ensure that results of deserving candidates were released by next week.

Benjamin further explained that it was not also true that the board was deducting marks from candidates with proven cases of examination malpractice.According to him, once the board establishes evidence of any form of examination malpractice, it will cancel the result of such candidate outright, rather than deduct marks.

“If we establish any case of infraction or examination malpractice being carried out in any centre, such centre is shut down and the entire results of candidates who wrote in that centre from the commencement of the examination, which is April 11, to the end will automatically be cancelled.

“Affected candidates are rescheduled immediately for the examination in another centre, as was the case in some centres in Abia,” he said.He added that the board made several arrests of persons caught trying to undermine the integrity of the examination and process, while it lasted, just like it shut down centres that fell short of standard.

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