A top official of the Federal Ministry of Education, who pleaded anonymity has told the Daily Times in an exclusive chat that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had scolded the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) over the shoddy conduct of this years’ examination and the myriad of controversies that have been trailing the exercise.
The official also disclosed that the Minister is preparing to make appropriate representations to the Federal Executive Council to effect a leadership change at the agency.
‘’Ojerinde’s time appears to be running out fast at JAMB, not with the controversies this time including failure in the technology, late upload of released results, wrong posting of scores with some candidates being awarded greater than what they actually scored while others had their scores downgraded,’’ the official said.
As if corroborating the above concerns, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, admitted that challenges associated with Computer Based Test were partly technical which in time will be addressed.
Addressing journalists on the conduct of the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, the JAMB Registrar urged Nigerians to embrace the Computer Based test as a benefit to the Nigerian child and also work with the board to ensure its success.
Prof. Ojerinde, who said it is becoming a war conducting examinations in Nigeria following the activities of owners of special centers, accused proprietors of tutorial schools of being behind the protests which was recently carried out by candidates of the last UTME, who stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly recently to protest alleged maltreatment by JAMB in the examination.