The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has disclosed that some tutorial centres, in their inordinate bid to attract candidates at all cost, are fast becoming breeding grounds for examination malpractices.
The Board, noted that examination malpractice has undoubtedly become one of the cankerworms that is not only endemic but has also eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian society.
JAMB, which made these disclosures in its weekly bulletin, JAMBulletin, stressed that the situation is worsened by the prevalence of tutorial centres, also known as “miracle centres”, due to their nefarious activities, adding that these “miracle centres” pose serious threats to public examination bodies.
According to the Board, “The essence of education is to acquire knowledge that would bring about national development, not just to pass examinations.
“Tutorial centres and the likes are working hard to frustrate the national goal of developing qualitative and productive manpower”.
It further stated, that it appears that it is all just about acquisition of certificates these days, irrespective of whether the holders can or can’t defend such qualifications.
Furthermore, the Board noted that, “Some of the tutorial centres are nightmare to our education system. Candidates and parents patronize them because they are basically after successes that they could achieve through whatever means.
“These unwholesome quick-fix centres do not promote hard work but talks only about results that candidates would have. They kill the self-esteem of candidates that patronize them and deceive them with false record of performance.
“On the other hand, most teachers at these “Miracle Centres”, have not received or undergone specific training that would foster the necessary skills in their candidates. Since they do not have the ability to teach effectively, they give wrong opinions which may harm or even jeopardize Candidates’ performance significantly.
“This usually happens with substandard tutorial establishments which are not only fraudulent but are also generally more expensive relative to the quality of service they offer”, the Board added.
JAMB, also stated that it is not surprising that the bulk of candidates who are products of the centres indulge in examination malpractice, examination leakage, impersonation, copying and certificates forgery among others.
“Despite caution from JAMB, the candidates who are interested in miracle patronize these outlets with the hopes of gaining undue privileges.
“Actually, the Board is not opposed to any organized and credible system that will promote knowledge, organize or bring about improved performance of candidates in there terminal Examinations.
“What the Board frowns at is the practice where candidates are made to believe that high scores are secured through registration with such centres and this is not true. It is a near deception. These centres make unrealistic promises, collect huge sums of money from such candidates and engage in all sorts of covert and overt attempts to compromise public Examinations to achieve their nefarious aims. They also circulate all sorts of fake questions to candidates all in the name of helping them.
“Experience has shown that parents who clamour the reduction in registration fee of public Examinations, pay hundreds of thousands at these “miracle centres”, for quick and questionable outcomes”, it remarked.
JAMB, however noted, that all hope is not lost as such attitude can be eliminated by overhauling the entire value system such that knowledge is placed ahead of paper qualifications, adding that while it is a truism that certification is the only way of proving that a candidate has undergone a certain programme, what he knows should be a worthy complement to the certificate he or she parades.