Father Arrested for Impersonating Son During 2024 UTME Exam in Nigeria

JAMB arrests father and son for impersonation during 2024 UTME exam in Nigeria, highlighting ongoing challenges of exam malpractice and the need for stricter identity verification measures.

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Father Arrested for Impersonating Son During 2024 UTME Exam in Nigeria

Father Arrested for Impersonating Son During 2024 UTME Exam in Nigeria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Nigeria has reported the arrest of a father and his son for impersonation during the ongoing 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed that the father was caught impersonating his son and writing the exam on his behalf.

Oloyede expressed disappointment at the father's actions, stating, "Both father and son are now in custody. It is unfortunate that a father would go to such lengths to jeopardize his son's future." The JAMB Registrar mentioned that the 2024 UTME has been largely successful, except for a few cases of impersonation, which he attributed to some individuals having multiple National Identity Numbers (NIN).

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing challenge of examination malpractice in Nigeria's education system. It emphasizes the need for stricter identity verification measures and the importance of upholding academic integrity to ensure fair opportunities for all candidates.

JAMB has been leveraging technology to detect and apprehend those engaged in cheating during the exams. Oloyede warned that those who attempt to cheat should be cautious of the consequences, as JAMB is committed to addressing the issue of impersonation and other forms of exam malpractice.

The Registrar also mentioned that JAMB has encountered cases of candidates with identical National Identification Numbers (NINs), which has undermined the purpose of identity verification. He emphasized that the board is working to improve its technology to detect and prevent examination malpractices and is seeking support from the government to build more mega Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers, particularly in highly populated states like Lagos, to improve the examination process.

Key Takeaways

  • JAMB arrested a father for impersonating his son during the 2024 UTME exam.
  • JAMB Registrar expressed disappointment at the father's actions to jeopardize his son's future.
  • JAMB faces challenges of exam malpractice, including candidates with multiple NIN numbers.
  • JAMB is committed to addressing impersonation and other exam malpractices through technology.