Why exam malpractices remain challenge for JAMB, by Oloyede
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, yesterday, said that undue emphasis on paper qualification and desperation for professional courses were some of the reasons for widespread cheating in examinations conducted by the board.
He said that some desperate parents were ready to cough out huge amount of money to execute their unwholesome agenda, which he said, constituted a challenge to JAMB.
Oloyede also canvassed appropriate minimum welfare packages for public servants to make them shy away from corruption and other sharp practices.
He stated these in Ado-Ekiti, while delivering the 10th yearly lecture of the Forum of Heads of Federal Government Establishments in Nigeria, (Ekiti State chapter) with the topic “Value Reorientation for Effective Service Delivery: JAMB Perspectives.”
The JAMB registrar said that no worker would chose to remain indolent, disloyal and unproductive if his working environment was appealing.
This, he said, was already being put into practice in JAMB where he said workers nationwide now enjoy free meal on daily basis, among other several incentives.
He also blamed various cases of fraudulent practices in schools, especially during external examinations, on too much emphasis on paper qualifications by authorities while engaging people for employment.
The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Quality Assurance at JAMB Headquarters, Mrs. Mabel Agbebaku, said he had initiated as well as carried out a number of innovations and disciplinary measures which had not only shored up yearly money generated in its activities, but also eased out bad eggs from the agency.
According to him, in the board’s constant efforts to deploy international best practices, Computer Based Testing (CBT) was employed as the mode of examination delivery in the conduct of its examinations in recent past, saying this innovation had helped to reduce malpractices and irregularities to the barest minimum.
He accused some private CBT centres of complicity in encouraging malpractices during Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), warning them to desist henceforth or be ready to face consequences.
The Special Guest of Honour on the occasion, Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by the Head of Service, Mrs. Peju Babafemi, commended the forum for coming up with the idea of organising the lecture, and promised government’s continued support.
ALSO, in his welcome address, Chairman of Ekiti Chapter of the Forum, Mr. James Famurewa, said the lecture was conceptualised as a veritable and strategic platform where all federal civil servants in the state could benefit immensely from the intellectual capacity and wealth of experience of eminent scholars, renowned public officers, technocrats and other critical stakeholders invited to deliver lectures.