JAMB warns cyber café operators against extortion of candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)yesterday, cautioned private cyber cafe operators against extortion of prospective candidates who want to upload their results on the board’s website.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, gave the caution in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The Head of Media of the board said that the caution became necessary following several complaints made to the board by the victims, on fraudulent activities by some private café operators.

He said the candidates complained of high amount of money they were being charged by such operators to upload their WAEC results on JAMB website.

“Not only do they charge them high, they also convince candidates who had already uploaded their results on the site to do same again.

“Candidates who have had their results uploaded at the point of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration need not do that again, except for those who registered with awaiting results.

“Those are the ones allowed to upload now on our website. “This upload should not cost more than N100.

“No cyber café should charge more than this amount, however, if candidates can locate any of our Computer Based Test (CBT) Centres, it is free to make the upload there,”

Benjamin said. A visit to some of the cyber cafés in Bwari revealed that while some charge a negotiable N500, few charge up to N1, 000 for the result upload.

The exercise follows the recent release of 2018 WAEC results and the announcement by JAMB that“leaders of institutions agreed that the First Choice Admission would be conducted from July 2 to Oct. 16’’.

According to the board, the Second Choice Admission is to commence from Oct.17 to Dec.17.

2018 UTME cut-off mark is not lowered to favour any state

Pegged the cut-off mark for the 2018 UTME for universities at 140, while polytechnics and Colleges of education were pegged at 120 and 100 respectivey.

followed the cut-off mark policy as many people accuse JAMB of favouring northern states, but the examination body says the policy is more favourable to candidates and institutions in the southern part of the country.

JAMB Public Relations Officer, Fabian Benjamin in an interview with the Guardian says, “It is not true that the policy was introduced to favour the educationally less disadvantage states. For instance, the cut-off mark for medicine in Obafemi Awolowo University is 200, but that Bayero University, Kano is 250. The policy favours the universities in the southern part of the country and the statistics are there for everyone to check.”

Contrary to many people’s opinion, Benjamin says the reduction of the cut-off marks is not an indication of failure in Nigeria’s education sector.

“It will be wrong for anybody to say that the cut-off point for an examination that is conducted for candidates determines the standard of education. Contrary to the complaints of some stakeholders, JAMB does not compel higher institutions to admit candidates with the seemingly ridiculous cut-off mark.

“It was only agreed by stakeholders to provide institutions with a benchmark, universities could raise the marks above 140 but not more than 200,” he said.

In 2017, JAMB pegged the cut-off mark for universities at 180. Some universities rejected the move as they as they conducted post UTME test for only candidates who scored 200 and above in their UTME.

(NAN)

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