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UTME: 149 arrested nationwide for exam malpractices

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that no fewer than 149 candidates who sat for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination across the nation which ended on Sunday, March 22, were caught for various examination malpractices.

In its weekly bulletin, the names and states of the 149 candidates were published by JAMB with states like Imo, Anambra and Enugu States topping the list of candidates arrested with 26, 12 and 12 candidates respectively.

Other states listed in the weekly bulletin include; Abia, Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ondo, Oyo, and Osun

JAMB said that the candidates were arrested for various offences including; examination by proxy, attempt to cheat, forceful entrance, tampering with examination documents, and smuggling of mobile phones into the examination halls among others.

The board in a statement on Monday said; “Examination Infraction in the UTME is declining with the 2020 experience. However, out of the 1,945,983 million candidates who sat the examination, prima facie cases of examination misconduct have been made against the following 149 candidates.

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“The board has successfully concluded the conduct of the 2020 UTME. The examination was concluded in most states on Thursday, March 19. Also, 10 other states completed on Saturday, March 21, while Bayelsa with only four approved Computer-Based Test centres after a number of the centres have been delisted for one infraction or the other had to complete its examination on Sunday based on an understanding with stakeholders in Bayelsa not to extend the examination beyond Sunday.

“The examination earlier scheduled for Monday was then shifted to Sunday to be conducted in the four centres. Out of 1, 945,983 candidates who took the examination nationwide, about 0.3 per cent were absent.

“The board has released 99 per cent of the results of the candidates who took the examination from Saturday, March 14, to Saturday, March 22. Candidates are advised to check their results by sending RESULT to 55019 and their results would be relayed to them,” it added.

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