The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disputed assertions made by Mmesoma Ejikeme, a student at the Anglican Girls Secondary School (AGSS), Nnewi, claiming her results are fraudulent.
When JAMB released a press statement declaring the result to be fraudulent, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Paul Nwosu, claimed the investigation was still in progress.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Nwosu said that the student and her school approached him to inform him that she received a 362-while JAMB had declared someone with a 360-as the highest score.
He said that the Department of States Services (DSS) was called in to investigate when the Commissioner for Education interfered, but the board rejected Mmesoma’s findings before the inquiry was finished.
He said a full investigation had been launched, naming the members of the committee to include: Prof. Nkemdili Nnonyelu (Chairman), Prof. Mercy Okonkwo – member, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh – member, Prof. Maduabuchi Dukor – member, Prof. Jaja Nwanegbo – member, Rev. Sr. Prof. Mary-Felicia Opara – member, Rev. Cannon Dr. Uchenna Umeifekwem – member, and Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (MD, Anambra Information Communication Technology Agency) – member.
“The JAMB/Mmesoma Ejike affair has drawn the attention of the Nambra State Government for obvious reasons.
It’s crucial to remember that Miss Mmesoma Ejike protested to Professor Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, the Anambra State Commissioner for Education, with her UTME results, claiming that JAMB had failed to recognize her as the applicant with the highest score.
When the Commissioner called JAMB to validate the validity of Mmesoma’s claim, the operator informed her that the results were fabricated.
The Directorate of State Services (DSS) was then invited by JAMB officials to look into the situation and report its findings.
The rowdy conversations we’ve seen in the media were brought on by the fact that this hadn’t happened when JAMB made the situation public, according to Nwosu.