The Anambra State Government has handed over 19-year-old Mmesoma Ejikeme, who falsified her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result, to a psychotherapist for a three-month guidance and counseling program. This decision was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, during a press briefing in Awka on Thursday.
As part of the resolution from the state panel investigating the UTME forgery case, Mmesoma will undergo a therapy class for three months. The young student of Anglican Girls Secondary School, Nnewi, gained notoriety after manipulating her UTME score from 249 to 362, falsely presenting herself as the UTME top scorer for 2023.
Following her admission of the forgery, Mmesoma engaged in a back-and-forth with JAMB, which resulted in a three-year ban imposed by the exam body. In a recent appearance before a House of Representatives panel in Abuja, she tendered an apology to JAMB and sought leniency.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Education, while addressing the media, referred to Mmesoma’s actions as “juvenile delinquency” that any child could fall victim to. Thus, the state decided not to discard her entirely but rather provide guidance and support. She is now under the care of a psychotherapist counselor for three months, after which the state government intends to appeal to JAMB management on her behalf to reconsider certain aspects.
The commissioner praised Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, for approving the psychotherapy class for Mmesoma.