2021 UTME: JAMB Admits Candidates’ Poor Performance, Blames COVID-19


Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Is-haq Oloyede has confirmed that the performance of candidates in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is poorer than what is recorded within the past three years or thereabouts.

Oloyede confirmed this on Saturday evening while appearing on a live programme on a Nigerian Television Authority’s (NTA) programme tagged ”Weekend File.”

Mr Oloyede blamed the poor result on the truncation of the academic calendar due to the rampaging coronavirus pandemic, also listed what he described as peculiar environmental factors in Nigeria such as insecurity, among others.

Premium times reports that Oloyede assured that the development would not affect the chances of the candidates in securing admission to their chosen higher institutions and cautioned critics on the assessment of the test, saying the UTME is a ranking examination and not an achievement test.

Speaking on the statics of performance, Oloyede said the number of candidates that scored 120 marks and above out of the possible 400 in 2021 when compared to what obtained in 2020 was a difference of 0.25 per cent adding that it was worse when 2018 and 2019 performances are taken into consideration.

According to the registrar, the percentage of those who scored 120 marks and above out of the possible 400 in 2021 is 99.65 of the entire candidates but the figure stood at 99.80 in 2020.
He said: ”In 2018, it was 99.99 per cent but in 2019 it dropped to 99.92.

“Also, in 2020, 69.82 per cent of the total candidates who sat the UTME scored 160 and above but in 2021, it reduced to 65.62 per cent.”

Mr Oloyede added that in 2019, the percentage of those who scored more than 300 out of the possible 400 marks was 0.16 per cent while it was 0.26 per cent in 2020. But in 2021, he said the figure fell steeply to 0.06 per cent.

JAMB, which had consistently refuted the claim that it was responsible for the candidates’ poor performance, said its questions were set from the syllabus, copies of which it claimed were made available to candidates through about three different platforms.

The reaction was in response to what it described as a “fluke” that only 14 per cent passed the examination this year.
The examination body said a total of 1,415,501 registered for both UTME and Direct Entry (DE).

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