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1 Apr, 2012
1 Apr, 2012
Only three of the 1,503,931 candidates who sat for this year’s United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) scored 300 and above. The Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Dibu Ojerinde, who disclosed this in Abuja while announcing the release of the results yesterday, also said that only 72,243 of the candidates scored 250 and above.
He noted that 52 of the 3,001 centres used for the examination had their results withheld by JAMB on account of malpractices.
He said the results of the 27, 266 candidates who sat for the examination at the affected centres were being subjected to further verification by the board.
Ojerinde stressed that the centres, out of which Rivers State has 24, were being investigated for various cases of examination malpractices. Lagos hosted 11 of the affected centres while Abia had 2, Benue 3, Delta 3 and Imo 6.
Giving further reasons for withholding the results, the JAMB Registrar explained that the board had made some discoveries on the tricks deployed by candidates to engage in examination malpractices.
He said: “In 2012 we had some disturbing news of extortion of innocent candidates by greedy proprietors, supervisors and invigilators. We also know that those engaging in examination malpractices will not stop in the bid to achieve their aims. In this 2012 edition, we have made some discoveries and new tricks on display by these crooks.”
He noted that some of them were caught hiding calculators and other materials in their shoes.
Ojerinde also disclosed that the University of Lagos topped the list of the universities preferred by the candidates with 5.58 per cent, followed by Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka and University of Benin with 5.46 per cent and 5.32 per cent respectively.