The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has denied claims that it targeted the Baptist Girls’ Academy in Lagos during a registration centre inspection.
The Baptist Girls Academy accused the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, of profiling the school and holding a media trial after a video surfaced on social media showing the school receiving more than the stipulated N4,700 registration fee from candidates.
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However, Prof. Oloyede who said he was not aware of any extortion going on in the school, explained that a simple dialogue between him and candidates at a registration centre during the board’s inspection was misconstrued on social media.
The Head of Public Affairs and Protocol of the board, Dr. Fabian Benjamin in a statement gave details of events that led to the outcry.
He said, ”The Registrar was on an inspection of the 2021 UTME registration in the South-West and was accompanied by some pressmen.
”While at the JKK Computer-Based Test Centre, one of the Board’s approved UTME Registration centres, he interacted with some group of students from Baptist Girls Academy who said they had paid N8000 to their school for the 2021 UTME registration. He requested to see their teacher, upon interrogation, the teacher insisted that the school had only collected the approved fee of N4,700 from students.”
Although the Registrar planned to settle the inconsistencies with the school authority, it was revealed in the news that JAMB had accused the school of extortion without providing any information.
”The Board would like to discourage the public from misinterpreting this occurrence.
It should be remembered that the Board has approved faith-based schools in the northern part of the country on many occasions without raising any eyebrows.
“The Board wishes to emphasize that it has always been its core policy to sanction any school that receives a dime more than the permitted UTME fee, particularly where such actions are associated with the Board’s hard-earned name and integrity.”