The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, on Thursday blamed some parents allegedly encouraging their children to cheat in examinations, saying such parents should seek God’s forgiveness.
Oloyede made the remarks in Abuja when a suspected impersonator, arrested by officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was paraded for attempting to write the UTME for his brother.
According to the civil defence corps officials, the mother of the suspect, who claimed to be a prophet, directed the boy to write the examination in place of his brother.
The boy was arrested at the Air Mas Computer Centre Madalla Computer Based Test (CBT) centre in Niger.
“Parents need to disassociate themselves from this type of shameful attitude.
“It is against any type of parenting that you want to inculcate the spirit of deceit into your children; I think even bad people do not want to be succeeded by bad people.
“The woman should have just said she is a mother and not that she is a prophet; you are doing something shameful, do not bring God into it at all.
“No religion would allow for a mother to tell one of her sons to go and write exams for the other.
“If someone is unfortunate to be corrupt, he or she should ask God to terminate it at his own level, but conscious efforts at transmitting that culture to the next generation are very painful,” Oloyede said.
The registrar also frowned at those hiding behind religion to commit crimes, including examination malpractice.
“One said he is a Catholic priest; there’s another one from Abia and now, this mother said she’s a prophet, people in Nigeria just use religion to exploit others.
“They go to churches, establish centres in the name of helping the church only to use them for their selfish purposes,” he said.
Oyolede also bares his minds on some candidates whose thumbs were not recognised for verification by the biometric machines, saying that such candidates might have registered illegally.
He said that the board had arrested some operators of illegal UTME registration centres set up to defraud applicants.
“They were using something they call team viewer which will definitely give biometric problem because these candidates were not physically captured in the authentic centre.
“We would not be held responsible for that and there won’t be any form of rescheduling for anybody, I did that last year out of ignorance.”
The Renaissance reports that UTME which started on March 9, will end on Saturday, March 17.