The Anambra State Government has distanced itself from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) claim that a girl from Anglican Girls Secondary School (AGSS) in Nnewi, Mmesoma Ejikeme, got a fake result. The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Paul Nwosu, said that the investigation was still going on when JAMB sent out a news release saying the result was fake.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Nwosu said that Mmesoma and her school came to him and said that she got 362, but JAMB said that another candidate with a score of 360 was the highest scorer. The Education Commissioner stepped in, which led JAMB to ask the Department of State Services (DSS) to help with the probe. But JAMB cancelled Mmesoma’s score before the probe was over.
Nwosu said that a thorough investigation has been started and gave a name of the people on the committee that has been put in charge of the case. The committee comprises Prof. Nkemdili Nnonyelu as Chairman, with Prof. Mercy Okonkwo, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, Prof. Maduabuchi Dukor, Prof. Jaja Nwanegbo, Rev. Sr. Prof. Mary-Felicia Opara, Rev. Cannon Dr. Uchenna Umeifekwem, and Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (MD, BREAKING: Anambra govt Communication Technology Agency) as members.
The Anambra State Government has been keeping a close eye on the JAMB/Mmesoma Ejike situation and has said it wants to find a solution based on correct information. Nwosu stressed that Miss Mmesoma Ejike first went to the office of Professor Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, the Anambra State Commissioner for Education, to complain that JAMB did not recognise her as the candidate with the best score.
When the Commissioner called JAMB to check on Mmesoma’s claim, they told him that Mmesoma’s score was fake. After that, JAMB asked the Directorate of State Services (DSS) to look into the situation. When JAMB talked about the problem in public, the results of the investigation hadn’t been released yet, which Nwosu said caused a lot of talk in the media.