So, there has been a lot of comments about this year’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) UTME results. It appears that many candidates who sat the exam fell below par compared to the past years.
Though Jamb has not released an official statement or statistics to this effect, rumour has it that this year’s candidates did not perform as it were in the past years as many of them have disputed their results on social media.
While some blamed it on individual inadequacies noting that social distractions and other vices contributed to the mass failure. Some said there was a mix-up of results.
For some, Jamb had purposed to fail its candidates among other factors and make them resit the exam so that they can generate more income for the government! And for others, the COVID-19 lockdown was an X factor.
Yet, JAMB said it was able to conduct the most successful and clean UTME this year because the inclusion of National Identification Number NIN as part of the registration process was able to clamp down the activities of examination machinery.
In his reaction, Farooq Kperogi, a professor of Journalism and Socio-political critic, it is needless for students to resist Jamb every year.
According to him, some students had great UTME scores last year but had no success getting a place in the university of their choice even though they had more than the minimum entry requirements. But when they retook the exam this year, they fell short of the minimum cutoff by a wide margin.
He, therefore, postulates at least, a 2-year validity or at most, a 5-year validity period for Nigeria’s UTME because if it were in the US where their UTME version— SAT has a 5-year validity period, students who fell in the category would have used scores from their last year.
Still, when we critically examine this year’s results, some candidates performed excellently well. I have seen a couple of 270s and 300s. This, however, does not override the fact that this year’s UTME has its shortcomings.
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