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No, JAMB has not fixed a re-sit examination for July 3 as claimed in viral WhatsApp message

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Claim: A viral WhatsApp image has a claim that JAMB has announced a re-sit examination for July 3 for candidates with scores below 170.

Dubawa’s findings show this to is false as JAMB’s spokesperson also debunked the falsity.

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The 2021 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination which began on June 19, 2021 to end on July 3, 2021, has over 1.3 million candidates registered  in over 700 accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide.

Following the release of JAMB result and the outcry of low scores, which characterised this year’s examination, a viral WhatsApp image has a claim that the board has decided to hold a re-sit for candidates who scored less than 170 on July 3, due to the massive failure.

Message in the image urges those who fall into this category should visit https://portal.jamb.gov.ng/i-failed to get information on their centres noting there are limited slots.

Due to the mass failure being recorded in the 2021 JAnb UTME CBTs, the Joint Admission and Mateiculation Board hereby announces that there shall be a re-sit for students who scored lower than 170 in the examination. 

These re-sits will hold on Saturday the 3rd of July, visit https://portal.jamb.gov.ng/i-failed to get information on your centers.”

Excerpt of the message contained in the viral WhatsApp image.

Image going viral on WhatsApp.

Verification

Looking at the image, the message seemed to be credited to JAMB’s Twitter page so Dubawa traced this page  @JAMBHQ and noticed that the last post was on May 31, 2021.

Dubawa also followed the website address provided in the image which led to an error message discrediting the site.

Screenshot of the website for the said examination re-sit.

Dubawa also visited JAMB’s website and took a look at its news segment for the latest information and found the latest news on the website was on June 14 on the issues of late registration.

Screenshot of JAMB’s website news segment.

We also tried to reach both contacts available under the “contact us” section of JAMB’s website but they were both unreachable.

Dubawa went further to obtain the contact of the board’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, who said JAMB’s disclaimer of this claim is everywhere referring us to online resources.

“Our disclaimer is everywhere. Just check online.”

Excerpt of Mr Benjamin’s response.

A keyword search was therefore done in light of this to find any statement or news report where the board reacted to this claim. Dubawa found a report by the Nigerian Tribune which was published on Tuesday June 29, 2021 on the board through it’s spokesperson reacting to the claim of mass failure. 

The board believes there was no mass failure as it notes low scores do not translate to mass failure.

Screenshot of Tribune’s report.

Conclusion 

This claim is False and misleading as the Dubawa’s findings show it to be untrue. Also, board’s spokesperson confirmed this is untrue.

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