10,000 candidates caught cheating in Anambra – JAMB

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Jamb has revealed that over 10,000 candidates were caught cheating in the 2017 UTME exam in Anambra state

The students caught have been handed over to the authority

Some parents however complained that the exam lacks proper planning by the board

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that over 10,000 candidates were involved in exam malpractices in Anambra state.

The Coordinator of JAMB in Anambra, Mrs Lynda Nwachukwu, disclosed on Saturday, NAN reports.

Nwachukwu said: “There was no disruption of the exercise in any of the examination centres.”

The coordinator said that the candidates adhered strictly to the requirements of the examination, adding that JAMB provided all the materials required for the examination.

A correspondent, who monitored the last batch of the examination, reports that some parents complained of system failure in some CBT centres in the state.

Mrs Eucharia Okonkwo, a parent, said her daughter, who wrote the examination at the St Mary’s High School Ifite-Dunu centre, could not complete the examination due to the faulty computer and network failure at the centre.

UTME candidates at CBT centre

According to her daughter, many candidates could not complete the questions in record time because of the faulty system.

Okonkwo advised JAMB to plan well for examination in subsequent years to avoid the technical hitches that could give the candidates psychological trauma.

Dr. Mose Mojekeh, Head, Department of Marketing at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, said on a telephone, that such system failure in UTME was not acceptable.

According to him, the hiccups could potentially deny young people from Anambra State, university admission.

Mojekeh advised JAMB to urgently collate the number of candidates affected and set another examination for them.

He also decried the practice whereby JAMB sends officials from one state to supervise examinations in another state.

The lecturer said: “Experience has shown that such officials do not care much about the candidates when problems arise, as they leave them to their fate.”

He called on the management of schools, whose candidates experienced the computer failure, to take their complaints to the State Ministry of Education to present their cases.

The JAMB concluded its CBT on May 20.

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