The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has bowed to pressure and on Friday, March 18 announced its intention to conduct another examination for candidates who missed theirs due to the relocation of centres.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the Registrar of the board, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde revealed that about 59,000 candidates were relocated in 15 states due to problems in some of the centres, while stating that candidates who suffered system failure during the examination can also rewrite the exam if the board ascertains that their complaints are legitimate.
The new development however, does not affect candidates who missed the exams deliberately, or failed.
“We relocated candidates where the board had challenges. The board is looking at some of the issues raised during the examination, but most of the excuses raised by candidates are flimsy.”
“We relocated about 59, 000 candidates due to the problems in various centres which vary from town to town. There are about 59,000 of them spread across 15 states of the federation.”
“Those that were relocated never suffered any setback or inconvenience. For all these two sets of people, I want to apologise sincerely for what happened to them, but we are going to put on a redress for those whose relocation affected them in missing their examination.”
“Let me use this opportunity to offer explanation on the issue of the much-publicized two results. The process of our marking involves transformation and other qualitative programming. In the process of these configurations, we had a little challenge which we quickly corrected and ensured that this never happened in subsequent results. This challenge was only associated with the candidates that sat for this examination on Saturday, 27, and some candidates of Monday, 29 February, 2016.”
Ojerinde revealed that the board found out that over 500 centres used for the CBT were already compromised by the operators while using centres in Uromi, Edo State where mercenaries invaded the examination centre.
“In our quest to have adequate and effective centres for the exercise, we approved over 500 centres, but unfortunately, some of the centre operators were not sincere in proving us with the true position of their facilities.”
“They hired equipment during the period of accreditation and other necessary apparatus and on the examination day, they were found wanting. This led to relocation or rescheduling of candidates from some of them to more suitable centres.”