How JAMB Reduced Examination Malpractice in Nigeria

THE Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination in the past was ravaged with fraudulence and malpractices of different shades in its processes. Some bad eggs in the J.A.M.B payroll in connivance with unscrupulous individuals exploited the process unhindered

J.A.M.B always tried to change its processes in a bid to curb malpractice and make its system more transparent but the unscrupulous within and outside the system always devised new ways to make sure they cheat in the exams.

J.A.M.B thought it wise to start bringing technology into its processes, and in 2007 the use of scanners to scan foreign materials like phones and other gadgets but again this innovation was made of no effect as individuals began to hide phones under thick layers of cardboard paper.


Jamb subsequently worked with telecommunication providers to disable candidate’s network and internet connection when the candidates start their exams, but people within J.A.M.B got wind and shared the news to people, to get new sims that was not used to register jamb and take to the exams hall.

Seeing the trend of malpractice J.A.M.B began to produce different choices of question which they referred to as types

Seeing how cheating was still highly prevalent, the board began to produce multiple sets of questions. They were called ‘types’ during those times jamb imbibed this method there were different set which were  called Type A, Type B and Type C these is the same question reshuffled into three so that the people sitting close will have different arrangement hence discouraging malpractise because if a candidate with Type C copies directly from a candidate with Type A he will be supplying the wrong answers to his question,

People still found ways to perpetrate malpractice even at that. Candidates got already answered computerized answer sheets and were told to disregard any Type the collected.


Then J.A.M.B under the auspices Ojerinde introduced the CBT in a bid to curb examination malpractise and give the process more transparency.

Malpractise was reduced from that point onwards but that did not check impersonation until the biometrics was introduced.

And of late NIN was introduced to the system to curb double identification and falsification of identity


CCTV camera’s too have been placed in exams hall to be on the look out for defaulters of exam rules

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