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21 May 2017

JAMB - 10,000 candidates caught cheating in Anambra.

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that more than 10,000 candidates were involved in exam malpractices in Anambra state. The Coordinator of JAMB in Anambra, Mrs Lynda Nwachukwu, revealed on Saturday, NAN reports. Nwachukwu stated: "There was no interruption of the activity in any of the examination centers. 

The organizer said that the candidates clung entirely to the prerequisites of the examination, including that JAMB gave every one of the materials required for the examination. A journalist, who monitored the last batch of the examination, reports that some parents complained of system failure in some CBT centers in the state. Mrs Eucharia Okonkwo, a parent, said her girl, who sat for the examination at the St Mary's High School Ifite-Dunu center, couldn't finish the examination because of the faulty computer system and network failure at the center.
Candidates writing exam at a 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 interview, 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 20th May.

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