Despite scoring above 300 in JAMB UTME, 1,456 candidates miss university admission

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A complete of 1,456 candidates who scored 300 and above out of the attainable rating of 400 within the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), have didn’t safe admission to Nigerian tertiary establishments for the 2020/2021 tutorial session.

The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Is-haq Oloyede, made the disclosure in Abuja on Tuesday through the 2021 admission coverage assembly the place pointers for admission processes for the 2021/2022 tutorial calendar have been permitted.

In his presentation on the assembly, which was tagged, “Titbits on 2020 admission and 2021 UTME,” Mr Oloyede stated out of the four,948 candidates who scored 300 and above, solely three,492 gained admissions into greater establishments, leaving out a complete of 1,456 candidates stranded.

In the meantime, about 52, 323 candidates scored between 250 and 299 in the identical examination, out of which 22,580 candidates have been additionally not admitted.

In the identical vein, some 193,661 candidates out of 347,469 who scored between 200 and 249 weren’t provided admission.

The presentation additionally highlighted 9 explanation why the high-performing candidates didn’t achieve admission.

The registrar stated the elements embrace candidates’ rigidity, that’s when a candidate who desires a specific programme refuses to accept anything; fallacious O’degree topic mixture; low post-UTME screening rating; UTME-combination deficiency, and non-acceptance of the supply.

Different causes are duplication of utility, absence from post-UTME screening, mismatch of catchment establishments, and likewise the place candidates fail to add their O’degree with 5 credit within the required topics.

The 2020 determine of candidates who scored 300 and above however couldn’t achieve admission indicated a big enhance from that of 2019 which is about 679 candidates.

Tens of millions of candidates in search of admission into Nigerian tertiary establishments normally sit the UTME examination yearly, finishing 4 topics, with English Language made obligatory for all candidates.

The remaining three topics depend upon the programs respective candidates wish to examine.

Of the 1,456 candidates who scored over 300 within the exams in 2020, a complete 1,085 utilized to check Medication.

Nonetheless, JAMB stated a part of the challenges a few of these candidates face was their failure to incorporate Arithmetic of their UTME topic mixture.

Mr Oloyede stated of the 1,112,057 candidates who scored 140 and above and likewise made 5 O’ degree credit score passes in English and Arithmetic, solely about 551,553 secured admissions.

He added complete of 925,762 ‘quotas’ have been allotted for admissions throughout the nation’s tertiary establishments through the yr, however a complete 405,256 areas remained unused as of August 31.

The registrar stated earlier than the tip of the 2020 admission course of on October 29, 2021, the examination physique hopes the determine of admitted candidates may enhance to about 600,000.

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