26th March, 2012
Last weekend’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, slated for Babcock University in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State was rescheduled till 6 p.m. after candidates in other centres had finished their papers.
The same episode happened in 2011 after other venues had completed the examinations nationwide.
Confirming the situation, the institution’s Director of Public Affairs, Joseph Sulaemon, told NAN on phone that “it is not a new thing.’’
He added that as an Adventist institution, they observed Saturday as a work free day for both students and staff of the school.
“Saturday is Sabbath day and we would all be in Church till 6 p.m.”
He stressed that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board was aware of the peculiarity.
“It is not news. We don’t work on Saturdays, because it is our Sabbath day. Everybody will be in church. It is the day of rest. Examination will be held after Sabbath hour, that is 6 p.m.
When asked if it would not expose the students to examination malpractice, he said: “JAMB has prepared adequately to avoid any examination malpractice. If we have been aiding and abetting malpractice, JAMB would not have retained our centre.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested five applicants for allegely engaging in examination malpractice during the UTME on Saturday.
The applicants were arrested for being in possession of incriminating materials.
Two of them were arrested at Crescent University Aiyetoro, Abeokuta, while the others were nabbed at African Church Grammar School, Ita-Eko, Abeokuta.
The Corps’ Public Relations Officer, Olanrewaju Kareem who confirmed the arrest, said that the suspects would be prosecuted. According to Kareem, the candidates allegedly took in answer scripts and handsets with text messages containing answers. He added that senders of the answers would also be arrested and prosecuted along with the receivers, adding that they were accomplices.