The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday released results of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, which started last Saturday.
JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this at a briefing in Enugu, said he had no reason whatsoever to withhold the results.
“The result ought to be out by now, but because I am not at the headquarters and I do not want to approve it while on the field.
“But as soon as I get to Abuja today (yesterday), all the examinations, up to the one being taken today (yesterday), will be approved and released because we have no reason to continue to hold on to it,” he said.
He noted that JAMB registered 1, 415, 501 candidates in the UTME 2021 and 1, 122, 095 had taken the examinations so far while 66, 111 had yet to take.
According to him, the board has some 650 examination centres across the country, out of which 30 centres have been delisted for performing below standard.
“53 centres are currently under watch, while 600 of them performed excellently. It is our wish and desire that the board will continue to ensure that such non-performing centres with ulterior motive be allowed to participate in the exercise,” he said.
Oloyede explained that the use of National Identity Number, NIN, as directed by the federal government helped to reduce malpractice during the examinations.
He said: “We were talking about the bogus 2.2 million candidates, but it has become clearer that more than 500, 000 of such number are fake and duplication. And we were able to detect this through NIN and now we have realistic number of JAMB candidates.”
The JAMB boss frowned on the activities of some elements to sabotage the exercise, but noted that they were all caught due to the system put in place for the examinations, adding that those students who visited a particular centre but could not write the examination would be given a new date.
“Apart from registration fee, we did not collect any other money from candidates, but some pay as much as N25, 000 to some elements to help them.
“Even some parents were paying N1, 000 to somebody who did not finish primary six to help their children, but they will surely pay for it because we will delist them,” he said.
The registrar noted that the security situation in the Southeast was not as bad as the mainstream media and social media projected it.
“I came here myself with four directors and nothing has happened to us. I want to commend the media for their criticism and support which made the 2021 UTME successful,” Oloyede said.