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JAMB Pulls Back From Naming Top UTME Scorer After Mmesoma Saga



Why 64,624 2024 UTME results were witheld

In a departure from previous years, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it will not disclose the identities of the highest scorers in the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

This decision, according to Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar, is aimed at preventing a recurrence of the controversy surrounding the ‘Mmesoma incident’ in the 2023 UTME.

During a press briefing in Bwari on Monday, Oloyede emphasized that JAMB views the UTME solely as a ranking assessment, and the board is hesitant to publish the names of top scorers due to the complexities involved in determining the minimum admissible score for tertiary institutions.

He explained that various institutions adopt different parameters, making it challenging to arrive at a single set of criteria for identifying the highest-scoring candidates.

The Registrar noted that while JAMB understands the public’s interest in recognizing high-performing candidates, it is crucial to verify claims before offering awards or recognition to avoid perpetuating misinformation. He appealed to the public to exercise caution and verify candidates’ claims through the JAMB portal to ensure accuracy.

In the 2024 UTME, a total of 1,989,668 candidates registered for the examinations, which took place across 118 towns in 774 computer-based test centers (CBT). By refraining from releasing the names of top scorers, JAMB aims to maintain the integrity of the examination process and prevent unnecessary controversy.
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