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JAMB goes after professional exam takers

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Sunday said it would go after professional examination takers.

The board also said it would publish names of impostors who are accomplices in perpetrating examination malpractice.

JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, stated this in a bulletin issued yesterday in Abuja.

The bulletin stated further that the board had received requests for change of names, dates of birth and others since it announced that it would probe the results of Nigerians and shame those who cheated the system in the last 10 years.

According to JAMB, the complaints include request to either change their states of origin, local government areas, dates of birth, gender or email addresses and subject combination of candidates, most of which were received  from prominent persons in the society over

“This step was taken as a result of the huge applications received by the board aimed at perfecting fraudulent acts that had aided impersonation in the first instance.

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“It is to be noted that the board has in recent times been inundated with series of complaints bordering on change of name, state of origin, local government, gender, date of birth, phone number, email address and subject combination of candidates.

“The board, in the course of its attempts to block all forms of examination malpractices, discovered that one of the ways candidates employ for impersonation is to engage professional examination takers, who register and use the candidates’ names and afterwards apply for correction of such details along the lines listed above.

“To address this, the board has resolved to revalidate all biometrics of candidates that have taken the board’s examinations, fish out these impersonators and prosecute them along with their sponsors,” he said.

He added that the public should be mindful of elite schools which exploit parents by collecting huge sums of money to register their students in groups, more often at unauthorised centres.

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