JAMB: 15 years old with highest score won’t get admission into UNILAG due to age

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*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

Olamilekan

Oloyede did not disclose the intended courses of the best

performing students.

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

candidates.

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

registration

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

candidates.

“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

centres delisted.

“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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Nice one
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Hmm...age could be a barrier atimes
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1 month ago
Sorry for him though at least smashing jamb next time would be easy.
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1 month ago
Personally I think he's a genius but a lot of people will say it's special center. Well the young lady should keep the flag flying high,no hurry in life. Admission will seek him @the right time

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