The hype on the day this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held was expected to manifest positively in the outcome of the exercise. Alas, the outcome was negative.
From the results released penultimate Friday by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), only 10, just 10, out of the 1, 644, 110 candidates who sat for the examination scored 300 and above, with 628 other candidates scoring between 270 and 299.
According to JAMB Registrar, Prof Dibu Ojerinde, during a press briefing at the Board’s headquarters in Bwari, Abuja, a total of 12,110 candidates’ results were being withheld for examination malpractices, while the results of another 68,309 candidates from various centres were undergoing further screening to ascertain their capability.
A total of 40,692 candidates’ results, he added, were invalid due to multiple shading or no shading at all.
He said: “Last year, we had cases of specially designed slippers, otherwise tagged ‘Magic Slippers,’ which desperate candidates used to perpetuate malpractices.
“This year witnessed a new turn, as candidates wore long sleeves shirts that bore imprint of prepared answers.
“Information reaching us shows that some Internet fraudsters are already telling candidates that their results could be upgraded in one form or the other. This is pure deceit.
“Some even have fake answers on Facebook, calling on candidates to print them out. The public and candidates are hereby advised to disregard these fraudsters since they do not have access to our data. Only the lazy and the gullible will fall victim.”
The poor performance of candidates, going by the results, has sent tongues wagging and stakeholders seeking solutions, just as students and candidates are refusing to own up to their inadequacies and unpreparedness for examinations.
Source: The Guardian, Nigeria