We Use English for Police Recruitment Test, Not Arabic – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said as a test body, it would continue to give government value for its money in the area of transparency and equal opportunity for all clients desiring our services.


Fabian Benjamin,Head,Public Affairs, JAMB in a release stated that JAMB demonstrated it transparency policies by the recently conducted recruitment examination which English language was the basis of assessment.

According to Fabian the examination was for 45minutes with only 60 questions.


He said the Board has been equipped with human and materials resources and has the requisite capacity to conduct hitch free examinations for recruitment, promotion and other selections in the most transparent manner giving all participants equal opportunity to compete for any deserving position in the job market or academic progression.


JAMB maintained that partnership with the Police clearly confirmed the Inspector General of Police determination to change the narrative about recruitment in the Police. It’s only an agency that is transparent and credible that would subject it’s recruitment exercise to public scrutiny.


The Board said it would continue to ensure that the confidence reposed on it is sustained


“we will continue to bring our expertise to bear on all examination especially third party engagements like the Police recruitment exercise.

Rather than give it out to consultants and in the process, have the exercise marred by irregularities or stamped, the Board has been given these responsibilities and has discharged it with efficiency at a minimal cost. We have taken it upon ourselves to ensure a level playing field for all in the most conducive manner

It is because of the confidence that most organisations such as the EFCC, West Africa College of Surgeons and others have for our process that we have been able to conduct similar examinations for them in the past.

Permit me to use this opportunity to advise candidates for any of our examination to ensure they adhere strictly to instructions, to avoid unfounded speculations.”JAMB urged.

The Board expressed it dismay to speculations trailing the police recruitment examination that candidates were examined in Arabic, alongside other subjects.


JAMB said such rumours were not only misleading, but also malicious and wicked.


The examination body said that the candidates were examined on only English Language and nothing more.


JAMB further said that instructions were clearly stated and announcements too were made severally to the effect that candidates were to answer only English language.


It was reported that the board generally examined candidates using modules that were already configured in the computer for four(4) subjects and the police examination was for only one subject to be written within 45minutes.


JAMB accordingly said “In doing this, we had to add three other dummy subjects picked from our dummy one which has basically “A” subjects of Arts, Arabic and Agriculture and we then added English Language which is the subject of assessment.


Instructions were clearly written and also announced that candidates should answer only English language. Mind you, the examination is for 45 minutes, it would not be possible to examine candidates in four subjects for 45 minutes.


It was not possible to upload only English Language as our software is designed to take four subjects hence the need to put the other subjects as dummies to enable the software upload the English Language questions.”


The examination body said it does not imposed subjects on candidates, not even at the UTME


Police gave us clear instructions that their candidates are to be examination in only English Language and we work strictly with that.

As a Board, we are also mindful or sensitive to issues of religion and so could not have instructed candidates to answer Arabic questions as a subject.


Again, there were 60 questions to be answered in 45 minutes and there is no way candidates could have been able to answer questions in all four subjects in 45 minutes.


JAMB also assured Nigerians that results of the candidates for the police recruitment has since been submitted to the Police Service Commission and every section of this country would be duly represented in the exercise.



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