Joint Admission Matriculation Board uncovers 1,665 fake A’Level results

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has uncovered at least 1,665 fake A’level results during the Direct Entry registration process, stressing need for institutions must take measures to safeguard the integrity of their certificates

Penpushing reports that the Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede in the board’s weekly bulletin made available to journalists in Abuja, gave the figures when he received officials of the National Association of Nigeria Colleges of Education Students in his office.

The registrar explained that the A’level results verification was occasioned by the endemic corruption associated with the system and the need to restore the integrity of the admission process, adding that out of the fake results, 397 were from Colleges of Education, 453 university diplomas and the rest for other A’level certificates.

Penpushing further reports that Oloyede assured that Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) would continue to scrutinise the certificates through measures that would stand the test of time, recalling that in the past, when a candidate applied for Direct Entry, the Board would simply ask awarding institutions to do the necessary screening and due diligence.

The registrar said the board was amazed by the startling revelations from Bayero University, Kano, where out of the 148 Direct Entry applications to the institution, only six of the certificates forwarded for processing were genuine.

Penpushing also reports that the Professor explained that it was the discovery of this monumental fraud that prompted the meeting of critical stakeholders, who met to chart ways of combating the menace, adding that part of the measures suggested was the constitution of an A’level result verification task force as well as the creation of a common platform for the verification of A’level results and certificates.

The registrar emphasized that the platform was reliable and user-friendly as it only took five minutes to verify any certificate, disclosing that the board had adopted “No verification, No admission” policy, adding that 15 institutions had not sufficiently complied with the verification requests from the board, and that more than 20 unverified candidates were affected.

Penpushing reports that Oloyede stressed that the board would have to pre-verify candidates applying with the certificates of the 15 institutions before they could complete their Direct Entry (DE) registration process.

Meanwhile, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) boss stated that the ongoing Direct Entry registration, candidates could go ahead and register while the school verify them at the backend.

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