Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar of JAMB

Collaboration with security agencies part of measures to sanitise admissions process ─JAMB

*Nigeria’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says stringent measures, including prosecution, would be taken against erring candidate or institution once a prima facie case has been established against them

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As a bold step to further enhance the integrity of its examinations and admissions process in Nigeria, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it will work with security agencies to prosecute any institution or candidate found wanting in adhering to its admission’s code of operations.

The examination body in its latest Weekly Bulletin, made available Monday, January 11, 2021, in Abuja, FCT, stated that henceforth, stringent measures, including prosecution, would be taken against erring candidate or institution once a prima facie case has been established against them.

According to JAMB, the step is part of its resolution after the Management’s meeting in relation to importance of ridding the country’s tertiary admissions process of unwholesome practices.

In the report, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar of JAMB, said measures were being put in place to curb admission infractions in the country.

Although the Central Admissions Process System (CAPS) has made the admissions process transparent, fair and equitable, some stakeholders are, however, working hard to circumvent the system, said Oloyede.

The Registrar said: “The board, with zero tolerance for corrupt acts, will not fold its arms and allow unscrupulous elements to drag it back.

“For the gains of CAPS’ initiative not to be eroded and to ensure that there are consequences for flouting government’s directive on complying with the process, the board has concluded all arrangements with relevant security agencies.

“These agencies are ready to prosecute any stakeholder, candidate or admissions officers found wanting.’’

According to him, one of the infractions observed, especially being committed by institutions, included the total jettisoning of CAPS in the process.

Oloyede said others were coercing of candidates to opt for other programmes, to give room for their favoured but low-scoring candidates and also offline admissions.

He, however, decried the development, describing the acts as criminal, wicked and unacceptable.

Those found aiding and abetting admissions irregularities would be prosecuted, the Registrar stated.

“Merit is merit and it is not negotiable; high-scoring candidates ought to be admitted first,’’ he noted.

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