Anambra Panel Confirms UTME Result Manipulation by Mmesoma Ejikeme
Controversial UTME Result Manipulation Confirmed by Anambra State Panel
In a recent development, the panel of inquiry established by the Anambra State Government has concluded its investigation into the controversial Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result of Mmesoma Ejikeme. The panel’s extensive eight-page report, which was made available by the Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu, has recommended appropriate actions to be taken in response to the manipulation of Ejikeme’s UTME result.
The eight-member panel was established by the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, following the ongoing dispute between the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Mmesoma Ejikeme, a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School, Nnewi. The investigation was mandated to shed light on the controversy and present its findings to the public.
The report confirmed that Mmesoma Ejikeme had indeed manipulated her UTME result, presenting a score of 362 while her actual score was 249. The panel recommended several measures in response to her actions. Firstly, Mmesoma is required to issue an unreserved written apology to JAMB, her school (Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, Uruagu Nnewi), and the Anambra State Government. Additionally, she is advised to undergo psychological counseling and therapy to address the underlying issues that led to her manipulation of the exam results.
During the investigation, the panel conducted interviews with relevant parties, including Mmesoma Ejikeme, JAMB officials, individuals involved in the process, and the principal of Anglican Girls Secondary School. The evidence collected pointed to the fact that Mmesoma had sent a request to JAMB using a different registration number, which reflected a manipulated result of an aggregate score of 362. However, JAMB’s official records indicated her real score to be 249.
The panel’s findings also highlighted significant discrepancies in Mmesoma’s registration number, date of birth, and center name, which further invalidated the manipulated result. Mmesoma herself admitted to manipulating the results using her phone. The principal of Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, Mrs. Edu Uche, and the Education Secretary, Diocese of Nnewi (Anglican Communion), expressed disappointment at Mmesoma’s actions.
The report, titled “Report of the Committee on Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma’s JAMB Score Controversy,” brought to the governor’s attention the sequence of events leading to the investigation. Mmesoma had protested to the state government after another candidate, Nkechiyere Umeh, was recognized for achieving the highest score of 360. Mmesoma claimed she had scored 362 and deserved the recognition.
The committee reviewed Mmesoma’s JAMB results, conducted interviews, and made recommendations based on their findings. JAMB officials, led by Dr. Fabian Benjamin, provided detailed explanations of the admissions process, policy changes, and the specific interactions between Mmesoma and the board. JAMB revealed that Mmesoma had made multiple requests for her results, each time receiving the accurate score of 249.
The panel praised JAMB for its diligent handling of the matter and acknowledged the information provided by the board about their interactions with Mmesoma. The report hopes that the uncovering of the truth through this investigation will rectify the misconceptions and deception that have circulated in the public domain.
The Anambra State Government, with the support of JAMB, aims to ensure the integrity of the examination process and maintain transparency in academic assessments.