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Friday, March 30, 2012


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has disclosed that only three candidates scored 300 and above in its 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, conducted nationwide recently.
Dibu Ojerinde, Registrar, JAMB, in a press briefing in Abuja disclosed that a total of 1,384,644 candidates who sat for the UTME examination are seeking for admission into the available spaces in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

Given the breakdown of candidates’ performance, Friday in Abuja, ‘Dibu Ojerinde,  Registrar, JAMB, said 711,250 candidates scored below 200 marks, 601,151candidates scored between 200-249 and 71,339 scored between 250-269 as well as 901 others, who scored between 270-299 marks.
Ojerinde further pointed out that JAMB have achieved a drastic reduction in the incidence of incomplete results to 28,069. According to him, “This figure although is a remarkable reduction in the previous one, it still remains high. Little wonder that the aggressive and sustained awareness campaign mounted by the Board in the last two years has produced positive result, as the figure for the 2012 UTME has been drastically reduced to 5161”

He noted that it is the hope of the Board to wish away totally, all incidences of incomplete results in our future examinations.
The JAMB boss further revealed that the introduction of the Bio-Metric Thumb printing capturing, which was introduced in the 2011 UTME has been a subject of wide discourse; some positive, while others negative, adding however that to the body, it has recorded more successes than draw backs as the system in many centres ensured candidates were orderly and peaceful.

In his words, “in this year’s examination, the Biometric machines that were deployed are technically superior and faster. It takes only about a second to get the machine to validate using candidate’s details”.
A total of 140 visually impaired (blind) candidates participated in the 2012 UTME. A total of 181 prisoners from mainly the Kaduna and Ikoyi Prisons sat for the 2012 UTME. Imo State has the  highest number of applicants in the exams as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, got the least applicant.


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