The Anambra State Government has sent Mmesoma Ejikeme, the 19-year-old student who forged her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination result, to a psychotherapist for three-month guidance and counselling.
The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, at a press briefing in her office in Awka, on Thursday, said Mmesoma would undergo a therapy class for three months as recommended by the state panel, which probed the UTME forgery case.
Credible News reports that Mmesoma, a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School, Nnewi, recently made the headlines after the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board called her out for fraudulently manipulating her UTME score from 249 to 362, thereby falsely parading herself as UTME top scorer for 2023.
Before admitting the forgery, Mmesoma had engaged the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB, in accusation and counter-accusation, with the exam body slamming a three-year ban on her.
On Wednesday, she appeared before a panel of the House of Representatives in Abuja, where she tendered an apology to the exam body and pleaded for leniency.
The Commissioner recalled that a panel set up by the state to investigate the matter recommended that the teenager should be made to undergo a psychological counselling and therapy.
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”.
She commended Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, for approving the psychotherapy class for Mmesoma.