The Anambra State government has disclosed that the 19-year-old Mmesoma Ejikeme, who faked her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result, has been handed over to a psychotherapist for three-month guidance and counselling.
Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, the state Commissioner for Education, stated this during a press briefing in her office in Awka, on Thursday.
The Commissioner said Mmesoma would undergo a therapy class for three months as recommended by the state panel, which probed the UTME forgery case.
Mmesoma, a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School, Nnewi, recently made the spotlight after the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board publicly declared that she manipulated her UTME from 249 to 362, thereby falsely making a claim as the UTME top scorer for 2023.
Before admitting to falsifying her result, Mmesoma had engaged JAMB in accusation and counter-accusation, with the exam body slamming a three-year ban on her.
She appeared before a panel of the House of Representatives in Abuja on Wednesday, she apologised to the exam body and pleaded for mercy.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Education in her interaction with journalists on Thursday said that the decision for Mmesoma to under psychological counselling and therapy was in line with the recommendation of a panel set up by the state to investigate the matter.
Chuma-Udeh said, “We considered what Mmesoma did as ‘juvenile delinquency’ to which any child could fall victim. So, we are not going to throw the baby away with the bath water. She is now under a psychotherapist counsellor who will take her on therapy for three months after which the state government will appeal to JAMB management on behalf of her to reconsider one or two things.”
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