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JAMB versus Students: Who Failed Who?



Statistics from the recently undertaken Joint Admission and Matriculation Board examination indicates that of the 1,493,604 candidates who sat for the UTME examination, 842,941 candidates scored below 200 marks 7,504 results were withheld some of which are still under investigation and  28,069 cases of incomplete results were recorded. Overall about 8514 i.e. 58% of the students who sat for jamb will not be writing entrance exams into any school.

The fact that more than half the students who wrote Jamb exams failed is quite sad especially considering that there are many more hurdles a student must cross before successfully gaining admission into any university. Hence the statement on the lips of many Nigerians and commentators is why did students fail Jamb?

In defining failure, let us remember that failure is simply achieving less than is required. Jamb examination which is taken annually was designed to be a requirement for students to gain admission into institutes of higher learning. One would expect that such an examination which consumes millions (if not billions) of Naira every year and occurs ONLY ONCE a year would be thoughtfully planned and perfectly or at least properly executed. Instead students stand for hours at examination centres, go through a lot of physical discomfort and are often given wrong instructions.

Every year, students at various centres are told not to bring their calculators into the hall and then few minutes after the exam commences they are asked to get their calculators. Imagine the disorder, panic and pandemonium that results in circumstances like this. This particular scenario was worse than ever in this year’s exercise especially since Jamb had asked candidates not to bring any writing materials to the hall claiming that the writing materials would be provided for. However, this was not the case in most halls and many students had to start looking for writing materials after the exams had started without being given any extra time.

Beyond all this, I was very surprised by the words of Ojerinde when he said the biometric method of screening “has recorded more successes than drawbacks”. How can this be when according to him only about 99,000 students i.e. 6.6% were screened through this method? The customer service which had been incorporated into Jamb turned out to be a complete scam as students were made to pay undisclosed charges to access the service yet most of their complaints were not handled.

The reality is that Jamb

–       Failed to provide conducive examination conditions for her candidates.

–       Failed to provide writing materials and calculators as promised

–       Failed to curb exam malpractice by not eliminating the so-called “special centres”.

–       Failed to provide provisional admission to students into Polytechnics and Colleges of Education

–       Failed to provide satisfactory customer service.

–       Failed at using the biometric method of screening that had already consumed a lot of money.

Having proven to be an institution which is incapable of discharging its duties, I recommend that Jamb’s modi operandi be overhauled or revamped else the entire examination should be scraped especially since higher institutions have shown themselves capable of conducting their own entrance examinations. I believe that the mass failure recorded in the Jamb examination should be attributed to the institution’s failure to meet the expectations of Nigerian students.

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  1. ayodeji oluyemi

    July 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    yes, it is true at my jamb centre we asked to get our writing materials before the examination stated around 9:35am, i had to run over 2 km to make a phone call to help get my writing materials over, can you imagine the emotional unbalance that I and millons of people went through right before the examination.

  2. Ishade paul

    July 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Jamb has just mesed us up.inproper conduct of exams,will it ever stop in this country?.we were asked not 2 go with any writing materials beliving they will be provided.few miunites to the exams, it become’s “u are on ur own”wht a mess.all our money and ambitions is at stake.pls,re-enforce.

  3. Henshaw effiong

    July 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Jamb suck,i surprise @ the conduct of the exam,@ my centre, we started @ 11:30, writing materials was not provided,we dat couldn’t afford their specials centre fee,our sheet was collected b4 was their invigilator dat was saling the answer..type by type…jamb are incompetent.the exam should be cansel cos it was the worst in jamb history..alot of malpractice

  4. Henshaw effiong

    July 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Jamb suck,i was surprise @ the conduct of the exam,@ my centre, we started @ 11:30, writing materials was not provided,we dat couldn’t afford their specials centre fee,our sheet was collected b4 was their invigilator dat was saling the answers..type by type…jamb are incompetent.the exam should be cansel cos it was the worst in jamb history..alot of malpractice occur

  5. Rachel ihuonye

    July 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Jamb pls my result is yet not out!! Each time i check it, it says”u cannot see ur result coz is witheld 4 further screenin” is almost a mnth now…pls smbody shld advice me cos am gettn frustratin..u can reach me on +2348064021342….tanks am hopin 2 hear frm smbody…

  6. scholastica bentem

    July 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

    y is it that upon hw is wrote my papers very well is still scored below 200 what the hell is wrong wit jamb
    plz this so called jamb shud stop coz its rili stopin students from going to the higher institution
    please do something

  7. Stephen Blessing Agwu.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Nigerian Leaders are stupid. And is only when we accept it, to shun bribry corruption, stop immitating others and face reality that our problems can be addressed

  8. Horpe

    January 31, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I know dat jamb said dat we shouldnot bring writing material 2 d centre, so did i but on getting there, nothing was provided but a classmate of mine brought along 2 pencils of which she gave me one. So i entered d hall with no calculator being a science student……… Its Horrible

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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU



No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied reports suggesting that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Federal Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday, November 27.

Recall that the union and the Federal Government had reached an agreement to call off the ongoing ASUU strike after the government reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances and funding for the revitalization of public universities to N70 billion.

Reacting to the report, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President has denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike.

Also Read: ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike As FG Increases Payment To N70b

He stressed that at the meeting, it was only agreed that the union should convey the Government message to their organs and get back to Government.

The ASUU President told reporters on Saturday morning: ” I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of the strike.”

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ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike As FG Increases Payment To N70b




The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday agreed to call off their eight-month-old strike.

The decision was reached during a meeting in Abuja between the union and the federal government delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

Also Read: I Have Three Of My Biological Children In Nigeria Public Universities -Ngige Blows Hot As ASUU Strike Continues

Based on agreements between the two parties, the government also promised to increase the total payment to the union to N70 billion.

The government stated that it would pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalization of the university system to bring the total to N70 billion.

The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 4.

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Online examinations and their security with navigation control



Since our movement into the online examination ecosystem, test takers go on to showcase exceptional levels of creativity when it comes to the question on how to crack an exam. In fact there has to be a visible transformation on how candidates plan to pass the exams with flying colours. In the midst of this the candidates end up resorting to some common ways where they end up cheating during an exam

  • Impersonation- Once you use an impersonator or a proxy opting for online exams is a common type of cheating. Students are bound to leverage with the inability of the invigilator to figure out the real exam test takers.
  • External help – you might end up seeking help from friends or relatives who might be sitting beside the monitor. Holding placards with answers is another way where you can cheat during an exam
  • Employment of digital device- smartphones, Bluetooth devices are some of the common ways by which you can cheat during the course of an online exam. They are put to use in order to surf on the web or when you receive information.

Such assertions do not indicate acts of dishonesty in any manner. A proctored exam is going to be of immense help during the course of an exam. A common perception exists that cheating in an online exam is a lot easier than a traditional exam. In a way students employ tactics so they have to succeed academically without the need to be working hard.

But with the use of technology the exams are bound to become cheat free. The question that come to the fore is how honest is the person who is appearing for an exam than merely answering the exam. With the use of proctoring technologies you are in a position to cope up with this issue and the robust features enable the institutes to secure their online examination while maintaining integrity.

Another point of consensus is how it is possible to remote monitor things on what happens in the backdrop of a computer screen. There is no need for them to be aware on what is happening in the backdrop. But still the hack list that is adopted by students works out to be expensive. Still this logic does not hold any value and cheating is a common act.

The type of cheating on the screen

Copy paste

In a conventional exam one of the common types of cheating works out to be copy paste. Be it keeping the answers already who are in document mode or the study material from a separate document, such traditional forms of cheating have gone on to evoke positive response among the students. To be glued to the screen is also a way of misleading an invigilator who does not possess any type of information while observing the screen. He is not going to flag it off as a major cause of concern.

Mirror and screen sharing

When you are sitting for an exam from a remote location, candidates often end up relying on multiple software and the use of mirror apps does appear to be one of them. By the use of this app it allows another person access to the screen of the computer and they can give you answers. Even the students are known to be using Google docs during the course of tests where they go on to review or edit the response of other person and then share it with the invigilators.

Online browsing

With the power of the internet online cheating has gone on to become a walk in the park. An individual who relies on an unfair means is going to switch from an exam, as it can be the use of  various websites , social media sites or other sources choices to locate answers of their choice. Just you have to past the answers on to the URL and figure out the best solution from where you can plagiarize the answers.

Relying on the use of external devices

For example the likes of USD or a blue tooth device is easy to conceal and it makes them difficult to detect. Even the smart devices work out to be standard devices when it comes to the question of on screen cheating. Be it before or during the course of the test the students are going to plug it for their easy use.

Another possibility is to configure your computer with blue tooth before you sit for the exam. Even directly copying from them is easy for the tech centric students. A secure exam browser might be of help in such cases. This same logic holds true for blue tooth integrated devices or smart watches that rely on providing answers to the students.

Task switching

Regularly switching from one screen to another is a method of cheating that works out to be a common task. Even you are going to use keyboards or short cut controls that enables the task of cheating and makes them accessible in an easy way.

The worst part is that students continue to exploit the vulnerabilities despite the fact that there are proper control mechanisms in place so as to curb cheating. But once you adopt technology it goes a long way in making the exams safe and secure. There is no need to regularly deploy the IT staff or the browser of the student so as to adhere to the rules. There is a need to formulate a solution that integrates with the students need during the course of an examination. In fact the need of the hour is a robust and a credible platform that goes full out to prevent the possibility of mishaps during the exams. Not only it means deployment of technology but it is going to prevent any form of violation during the exam. There are a series of software that restricts the possibility of cheating to a major

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