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Respite for 1.7 M candidates as JAMB Releases 2019 UTME Results


The anxiety of candidates that sat for the  2019  UTME examination is over as the  Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the 2019 UTME results.

Ishaq Oloyede, Register of Jamb, while releasing the results in Abuja Saturday said about 1,792,719 candidates sat for the exams, while 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice.

Oloyede also stated that 15,145 results were withheld for further clarification, including cases of identical twins.

It will be recalled that the decision by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to delay the release of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), heightened the anxiety of over 1.8 million candidates that sat for the examination.

The unusual delay, aside from frustrating the preparation and academic plans of most candidates,  provided a leeway for dubious mercenaries operating Computer Based Test (CBT), centre to deceive and dupe unsuspecting candidates seeking solutions.

BusinessDay investigations reveal that carrying capacity in tertiary education institutions in Nigeria has not significantly improved in relationship to the exponential growth in the number of candidates seeking tertiary education in the country.

Tertiary education institutions in Nigeria include, but not limited to, the universities, colleges of education and polytechnics. In the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), over 1.8 million candidates sat for the examinations, while the spaces availableare not more than 500,000.

Fabian Benjamin, public relations person for JAMB had said the board would carry out all the necessary steps before releasing the result.

Benjamin said that JAMB won’t release the result instantly because JAMB Registrar had discovered that public outcry over little delay in the release of result made it a little bit difficult to do things that would guarantee the credibility of the results.

According to him, “Many candidates had in the past escaped with illegitimate acts they perpetrated during the UTME exercise, and that won’t be allowed to continue.”

He opined that the board would strictly follow the process so that things can be done right. “We are less concerned about the time, but more about how well and credible the results become; neither policy meeting nor admission will start this month. So, the delay will not affect any item on our timetable”, he said.

The Jamb spokesperson further assured that the UTME results are intact and nothing has happened to them, adding that the 2019 UTME exercise recorded malpractices but they were not as bad as they used to be.

To him, “Illegality had thrived in the society over the years because people failed to follow issues to their logical conclusion. But we have decided to do otherwise, and we need the support of Nigerians to achieve that.”

He assured that JAMB would come up with clean and credible result that everyone would be proud of. “Tertiary institutions who are our end users would also be proud of it.”

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