Candidate accuses JAMB of issuing him conflicting results
A candidate, Lukman Olawale, has accused the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board of issuing him two conflicting results in the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Olawale, who claimed he scored 203 in one of the results and 191 in the second one, said the conflict was frustrating him from seeking admission to the University of Lagos and the Yaba College of Technology.
With registration number 474040321J, the youngster said he sat for the UTME at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.
According to him, his first check on the board’s online portal on June 2, 2014, showed that he had a total score of 203 from the four subjects he sat for.
He gave the breakdown of the score as follows: 50 marks in Use of English, 53 in Mathematics, 50 in Physics and 50 in Chemistry.
But Olawale said he got the shock of his life when he returned online on July 20, 2014 to print the result.
According to him, instead of 203, the new aggregate score he saw on the portal was 191.
The youngster, who wants to study Mechanical Engineering, said, “The new score on my result sheet read: English 49; Mathematics 53; Physics 42 and Chemistry 47.”
But the JAMB Public Relations Officer, Fabian Benjamin, not only dismissed Olawale’s claim but also accused him of forgery.
Benjamin explained that a check in the system showed that Olawale’s correct score was 191.
According to him, the first result in which the candidate claimed he scored 203 might have been forged.
He said, “We have searched our system and his score is 191. I do not know where he got the second result from. It might have been forged or doctored because we live in an IT world and many candidates engage in all kinds of crooked acts.
“We have caught many candidates who come with such results and when interrogated, they owned up to doctoring the results and that is why the National Youth Service Corps is collaborating with JAMB to ensure that only those with genuine UTME results are mobilised for the national service.”
But reacting to JAMB’s position, Olawale insisted that he did not forge or doctor any result.
He said, “There was no way I could have forged or doctored the result; anyone with good eyesight can compare the two results and see that they are from the JAMB website, I don’t understand why the board did not want to admit and correct the discrepancy in my result.”
Olawale’s father, Abdulwahab, also faulted JAMB’s position on forgery, saying his son printed the first result from the board’s web portal.
He explained that his son went back to print the second result when he could not use the score (203) to fill the post-UTME form of the UNILAG.
According to him, it was when his son printed out the result the second time that the discrepancy was observed.
Abdulwahab said his son had applied for a Diploma programme in Engineering at UNILAG, following the rejection of the UTME result by the institution because of the discrepancy.
He said, “The discrepancy in the results is from JAMB, don’t believe what they say. The fault is from their personnel, but we have left everything because we cannot fight them. I know how much I spent for that boy (Lukman) to go to Akure to sit for the exam, including the accommodation and transport cost.
“My son is a brilliant boy and there is no way he could have forged that result, as it was printed out for him. Anyway, he has already applied for a Diploma in Engineering and we have decided to put this behind us.”
SOURCE – Punch Nigeria