Former Registrar urges JAMB to establish malpractices court

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The former Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB, Prof. Bello Salim, has urged the board to partner with relevant agencies to set up examination and admission tribunals to speedily try offenders.

The former JAMB Registrar gave the advice in Abuja while speaking on the need to set up mobile examination malpractices courts.

Prof. Salim pointed out that for the Board to record outstanding success in the fight against examination malpractice, it must, as a matter of urgency, set the machinery in motion to curtail the scourge once and all.

Prof. Salim, the third substantive Registrar of the-forty year old agency, said all examination agencies in the country must synergise on proactive and potent ways of combating examination misconduct.

According to him, Examination malpractice is a global malaise. The battle is ongoing, we haven’t won’t. As such, all examination bodies need to be on the same page as the fight must be a collective one” .

He pointed that when fraudsters were caught during the paper-pencil examination era, such case could languish in the court for years and people would as well escape unpunished.

 “For instance, when you present suspect at the beginning of the August and a court hearing is fixed for the middle of October, the hearing is adjourned almost as soon as it starts to maybe January and so on. The court hearing would thus keep dragging on and on”

Prof. Salim stressed that the mobile court would be ideal as it would test cases of examination practice with dispatch.

He emphasised that since the conduct of examinations in Nigeria has become digital, the law governing the conduct of the examination should also become digital as well.

In this wise, approaches to fast track trials should be sought so that the examination infraction cases don’t get delayed in court. He added.

” Let there be mobile court just like the election tribunals to treat all cases of examination malpractices and other unwholesome practices promptly.”

He lamented the slow pace of prosecuting offenders.

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