JAMB: 15 years old with highest score won’t get admission into UNILAG due to age
*Breaks record with 347 scores
*Trailed by a 16-year-old boy who scores 346
*Three leading candidates from Imo, Abia, Osun states
By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA- As the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board,
JAMB, released the results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examinations, UTME, a 15-year-old boy from
Abia State emerged the best candidate by scoring 347
marks considered as the highest by the board.
Similarly, a 16-year-old boy from Abia State came second
by scoring 346 marks just as a 17-year-old from Osun
State trailed behind with 345, considered by the board as
the third best result in the 2019 UTME.
But the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who
announced this at a media briefing, Saturday, however, said
the best candidate may not be admitted in the University of
Lagos, which he chose as his first choice because of age.
He gave the names of the three best candidates as Ekene
Franklin;Igban Emmanuel Chidiebube and Oluwo Isaac
Oloyede did not disclose the intended courses of the best
Oloyede insisted that although the best scored candidate
applied as an undergraduate at the University of Lagos,he
may not get admitted on account of being under-aged.
Franklin was followed by Emmanuel Chidiebube from Abia
state, aged 16, who came second with 346 points, while
Isaac Olanilekon who applied to study at Obafemi Awolowo
University(OAU) came third, scoring 345.
According to the examination body, some of the pranks
which candidates deployed to undermine the process
included, multiple registration, impersonation, deliberate
distruption of the examination process, manipulation of
biometrics, collusion of some private CBT centres with
parents, syndicate of closed centres as well as extortion of
He explained that these infractions accounted for the delays
in releasing the results, noting that the agency has been
taking pains to screen the candidates biometric details with
a view to uncovering those who engaged in multiple
Oloyede while giving a breakdown of the results, said some
students registered 42 times using same finger prints,
multiple names in a particular centre but the biometric
verification system deployed by the board uncovered their
identity and facilitated their arrest.
“Some of the strategies deployed to compromise the
integrity of the examination were multiple registration.
“It would be recalled that JAMB had cautioned in the media
that no candidate should register more than once and that
multiple registrations adversely affect data which impact
negatively on education planning in the country.
“We went further to announce that any candidate who
wishes to gain admission through Direct Entry and had
registered for UTME need not apply for DE separately but
use the opportunity of an upgrade to the DE status at no
cost without having to register more than once. Double
registrations led to the cancellation of some results last
year but we realised that this year not only double
registrations but also multiple registrations were recorded.
“Someone for instance registered as many as 23 times for
just a single examination! the foundation of examination
malpractice is laid at the point of registration with the
active connivance of some CBT centre owners who allowed
themselves to be infiltrated by those who parade
themselves as owners of tutorial classes.
“Unfortunately, some elite institutions that charge
exorbitant fees, which they had made the parents part with
in the name of secondary education, became active in the
procurement of ‘best results’ for their students at all costs.
These characters have permeated the system such that it is
Herculean to confront and dislodge them. When one of the
examination bodies recently decided that one category of
teachers would not supervise its public examinations, all
hell was let loose. However, the truth of the matter is that
the body is correct in its resolve”.
Lamenting how candidates now engage in impersonation,
the JAMB Boss said, “in the 2019 UTME, we were able to
identify a large number of impersonators who have been
writing UTME for candidates. Most of the tutorial masters
specialize in recruiting such professional writers for the
“They do so by using the names directly or variants of the
name or by multiple registrations. An example is Anambra
State where two centres registered a large number of
impersonating candidates. (PICTURE) In such cases, the
results of the candidates have been cancelled and the CBT
“We have also tracked the registration centres and the
computers used. In cases where we were able to ascertain
the culpability of the centres, we delisted them. Where we
have doubts, our principle is that we would rather allow 10
criminals to go scot-free than allow an innocent person to
be unjustly punished”.
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