The Director of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB Professor. Ishaq Oloyede, yesterday declared that excessive emphasis on paper qualifications and a desire for professional degrees were some of the causes for the widespread cheating during exams conducted by the board.
Exam Malpractice Is Still a Challenge For Jamb
He claimed that parents in desperate need were willing to pay a massive sum of money in order in order to carry out their unwholesome agenda. This, he said was a threat to JAMB.
Oloyede also outlined the right basic welfare programs for government employees in order to help them avoid corrupt practices and other shady ones.
He said these in Ado Ekiti in the course of delivering the 10th annual lecture given by the Forum of Heads of Federal Government Establishments in Nigeria, (Ekiti State chapter) on the subject of “Value Reorientation to Improve Services Delivery: JAMB Perspectives.”
The JAMB official stated that no employee would choose to be inactive or unproductive even if the work environment was attractive.
The idea, he added, was already in practice at JAMB where workers all over the world now have free meals every day, in addition to other benefits.
He also blamed a variety of instances of shady practices at schools in particular during examinations for external exams and due to the excessive emphasis placed on qualifications on paper by the authorities when they are enlisting students for work.
The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, who was represented by the Director of Quality Assurance at JAMB Headquarters Ms. Mabel Agbebaku, said that he had conceived and implemented several new ideas and disciplinary procedures that have not only bolstered the year the amount of money that was generated through the agency’s activities and also slowed the expulsion of undesirable eggs from the agency.
According to him, as part of the continuous efforts of the board to implement internationally accepted top practices Computer Based Testing (CBT) was used as the method of exam delivery for the examinations in the recent past.
He said that this technology has helped reduce the number of mistakes and infractions to the minimum.
He also accused private CBT centers of being complicit in encouraging malpractices in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) He warned that they must stop immediately or take the consequences.
The Special Guest of Honor at the event was Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by the Chief of the Service Mrs. Peju Babafemi, who commended the forum for inventing the concept of holding the lecture and assured the government of its continued support.
In his welcoming speech, the Chairman of the Ekiti Chapter of the Forum in his welcome address, Ms. James Famurewa, said the lecture was designed as an effective and strategic platform on which federal civil servants throughout the state would benefit from the knowledge and vast knowledge of world-class academics, prominent public officers technocrats and other important actors who are invited to present talks.