The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has debunk alleged allegations that there were plans to clamp down on Baptist Girls Academy, Lagos ahead of its preparation for the conduct of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to a statement made available to journalists by the Head of Media and Protocol of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, the incident that happened during an inspection of the registration exercise of the 2021 UTME in the South-West was just to clarify from students on the issue of mismatch of candidates data in which the essential details of one candidate was being transferred to another.
He quoted the JAMB Registrar as explaining that the issue of mismatched data occurred as a result of group registration by the authorities of some elite schools who collect huge sums of money from parents in the name of helping them to facilitate their wards’ registration.
He stated that the Board was against this practice as its examination is not a group-based exercise like that of WAEC or NECO. As such, he said candidates are expected to register individually.
The Baptist Convention, the owner of the school had at the weekend accused Prof Isaq Oloyede, the JAMB Registrar of subjecting some of its students and a teacher to emotional torture by questioning them on the N8, 000 that was said to have been collected as UTME registration fee in the presence of television cameras.
The school had alleged that “Prof. Oloyede did not allow the teacher to explain the breakdown. Rather, he was publicly muscled and emotionally debased when the teacher is not the spokesman of the school.
But in its response, JAMB through Dr Fabian Benjamin, its Head of Media and Protocol, said the Registrar did not subject the students and their teacher to any media trial.