An analysis of a damning report by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that six South-East and South-South States came off as worst culprits in the agency’s conduct of Computer Based Test (CBT) for 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
In what appeared an uncanny coincidence, the six states namely Abia, Anambra, Imo, Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom shared the report of infamy equally between both regions largely adjudged educationally advanced.
JAMB had noted in its report published last Wednesday that of the 600 centres earmarked for UTME, 72 had been blacklisted for offenses bordering on ‘misconduct and or gross technical deficiencies.’
Mind boggling are findings that the six South-East and South-South States produced 50 of the 72 centres to be now delisted by JAMB. This sad figure represents nearly 70% of the discredited population.
Yet to be established though is the relationship between this disturbing percentages and the distribution of students who wrote the examinations across different areas in the country.
More worrisome, however, are revelations that some institutions which are prides of the states failed ‘simple’ technical tests, thereby exposing the level of rot in those supposed citadels of learning. In Akwa Ibom, the College of Education, Afghan Nsit failed the test while Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo also failed the scrutiny.
There are calls that JAMB should pursue the prosecution of all offending individuals and institutions.
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