Saturday, March 31, 2012

2012 UTME: Only 3 candidates scored above 300–JAMB


The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. ’Dibu Ojerinde, on Friday said only three out of the 1.5 million candidates who sat for the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations scored 300 marks and above.

Ojerinde said this while announcing the release of the results of the examination, which took place last Saturday.

He explained that other categories of scores showed that 336,330 candidates scored between 1-169 marks, 374,920 scored between 170-199 marks, while 601,151 scored between 200-249 marks.

Others were 71,339 candidates, who scored between 250 and 269. On the whole, 72,243 scored more than 250 marks.

According to the JAMB registrar, the number of invalid/incomplete results is drastically reduced when compared to what obtained two years ago.

Ojerinde said, “In 2010, 96,451 results were recorded invalid, while in 2011, the figure reduced drastically to 28,069.

“Hence, it became imperative for us to insist on the need for candidates to be most careful, just as we have stressed that in any examination, taking time to read and understand instructions is part of the examination.

“The aggressive and sustained awareness campaign mounted by the board in the last two years has produced positive results, as the figure for the 2012 UTME has been drastically reduced to 5,161.”

He announced that a total of 52 centres, with Rivers State having the highest number of 24, have had their results withheld on suspicion of examination malpractices.

While giving a breakdown of institutions with the highest number of applicants, the JAMB boss said the University of Lagos was first with 83,865 applicants, representing 5.58 per cent of the total applications.

He said, “Our experience this time is consistent with previous trends – that Nigerians have a higher preference for universities ahead of other tertiary institutions.

“Unfortunately, these universities still have constraints with their carrying capacities. For instance, UNILAG, which took the lead this year with 83,865 candidates recorded the highest applications of 99,115 in 2011 UTME and from the carrying capacity figure given by NUC, it can only admit 9,507.

“These figures are only for most preferred choice and do not include those who chose UNILAG as their second choice.”

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