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JAMB uncovers 1,665 fake A-level results

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At least 1,665 fake A-level results have been discovered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) during the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise.

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The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this on Tuesday when he received the leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Colleges of Education Students (NANCES) in his office in Abuja.

Oloyede, who said system’s endemic corruption led to the A-level result verification regime, explained that of this discovered figure, 397 were from colleges of education, 453 were university diplomas, and the rest were other A-level certificates.

The registrar said there is the need for long-lasting methods to safeguard the integrity of A’-level certificates, which are necessary to guarantee admission, adding that this would be quite worrisome if no one respected the certificate they were holding.

He recalled 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.

Oloyede said JAMB was amazed about the startling revelations from Bayero University, Kano, that out of the 148 direct entry applications to the institution, only six of the certificates forwarded for processing were genuine.

He added 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.

Oloyede said in order to underscore the importance attached to the exercise, the board has put in place a “No verification, no admission” policy.

While listing 15 institutions that have not sufficiently complied with verification requests from the board, the JAMB Registrar said the affected institutions, with more than 20 unverified candidates, would have to pre-verify candidates applying with their certificates before they could complete their direct entry registration process.

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