Why results of prison inmates are withheld – JAMB

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced its withholding of results of prison inmates, who sat for this year’s UTME at Nigerian Correctional Service Centres, citing suspected infractions.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ish-aq Oloyede, stated this at a consultative virtual meeting with Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of tertiary education institutions where the decision to reschedule Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination screening for the 2020 admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education earlier scheduled to commence on August 2, to September 7, 2020, was reached.

The decision followed the inability of exiting Senior Secondary School, SS 3 students to sit for this year’s West African Examination Council, WAEC, all along due to ravaging COVID-19 with the exam, a perquisite for admission now commencing on August 17.

Oloyede added that there is an ongiong investigating into suspected malfeasance in the Nigerian Correctional Service Centres during the exam, prompting JAMB authorities to withhold candidates’ results.

“There are candidates who took exams in the prison yard that we know are not prisoners; so we wrote to the correctional centres to explain how that happens, because we didn’t want non-prisoners to take advantage of the concessions we give to inmates,” he said.

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