Senior Administrative Officer, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Lagos, Hajia Amina Haruna, has dismissed allegations of deliberately marking down scripts of students seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the country. She said JAMB does not deliberately fail candidates that wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) or withhold their marks to rob them of admission.
Haruna gave the clarification at this year’s Students Academic Success Summit (SASS) organized by an education consultancy firm, Standard Mandate International (SMI). The event held at the Main Auditorium of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, had in attendance over 500 students from 35 secondary schools in Lagos and Ogun states.
The clarification came in the wake of students’ outcry over repeated low grades recorded in the UTME in recent time, such that candidates that scored less than 200 were considered for admission.
Hajia Haruna explained to the students that the exam body chose the Computer Based Test (CBT) instead of the former pencil and paper mode to guarantee credible results. She maintained that the CBT has come to stay in the system, explaining that all candidates for this year’s UTME would write computer-based test.
She said the CBT would help to maintain the credibility of the exam process and help reduce incidence of cancellation of results. She also explained the entry requirement to the university, pegging it at five o’ level credits in relevant subjects.
She further said that the Computer Base Test (CBT) exam is bill to commence on 4th March.
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