By Ikeugonna Eleke
The panel set up by the Anambra State Government to look into the controversy surrounding the JAMB result of Miss Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, has released its report.
In the report, the panel indicted the 19-old girl, stating that she forged her result unaided.
The panel, consisting of professors and ICT experts, recommended the following: ‘That Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma tenders an unreserved written apology to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the School (Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, UruaguNnewi) and the Anambra State Government.”
The report added that this should be done immediately and that the said student should undergo a psychological counseling and therapy.
‘All prospective candidates for JAMB should adhere strictly to guidelines processes and procedures of the examination body,’ the report said, while showing the date, time and other details of how the teenager checked her result and the responses she received from the examination body, and how she later manipulated and printed the result.
Part of the report read: ‘The Committee invited Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, the Principal of Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, and officials of JAMB for interactive session with the Committee.
‘JAMB officials led by Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the Head Public Affairs, presented the detailed processes and procedures involved in JAMB Admissions, the policy changes that have occurred in the release of UTME scores since 2021 and what specifically transpired between the candidate – Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma – with registration number: 20230639047FF, in her quest to obtain her JAMB score.
‘JAMB revealed the different times that Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma made several requests to JAMB portal asking for her results at different hours, and each of these times (four in number), she received in her phone, same results from JAMB, indicating candidate’s UTME Results to wit: Eng: 64, Phy:54, Bio: 74, Che: 57 with a total aggregate score of 249.
‘JAMB disclosed that the candidate was well informed of her correct score from JAMB. Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma had sent a request to JAMB with a different registration number showing a UTME result of aggregate score of 362, with Eng: 98, Phy: 89, Bio: 94, and Che: 81.
‘The results she sent differed substantially from the standard JAMB format where she got an appropriate rebuttal stating her real score of 249.
‘Besides, a number of red-flags was also highlighted by JAMB officials showing a different date of birth, different Registration Number, Notification of results template that has been discarded since 2021, amongst others.
‘It was also evident that even the centre name, “Nkemefuna Foundation (Thomas Chidoka Centre for Human Development as it was known before now) used for the examination, was also manipulated where the candidate used the old name of the centre (Thomas Chidoka Centre for Human Development) in her own manipulated result sheet.
‘In Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma’s submission, she owned up in the presence of her principal and the Education Secretary that the narration by the JAMB officials was a true and correct description of what transpired.
‘She also admitted to have given a manipulated result by herself, unaided, using same phone Airtel Number. According to her, she proceeded to the cybercafe (Prisca Global Computers, Uruagu, Nnewi) where she printed the results she had manipulated.
‘The Committee tried to find out the motive behind her action, but Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma said NOTHING. In their own submissions, the Principal, Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, Uruagu Nnewi, and the Education Secretary – Diocese of Nnewi (Anglican Communion) expressed shock at what transpired in their presence, where Mmesoma admitted to have manipulated her UTME results, deceiving the school, her immediate family and the state government.’