The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has asked the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates to always read and adhere to instructions contained in the examination brochure before registration.
JAMB made this known through its Head of Media and Publicity, Fabian Benjamin, during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.
He was reacting to the concerns being raised by the public on the fate of some candidates who sat and passed the UTME with high scores, but were not sure of their plight as they did not meet the age requirement.
Naija News recalls that one Ekele Franklin, a 15-year-old candidate, scored the highest at the 2019 UTME, but may not be offered admissions into University of Lagos (UNILAG), his choice of institution, because of his age.
According to Benjamin, the board, in its examination brochure, states the age limit for admissions into tertiary institutions in the country.
”Although universities have different requirements for entries into their institutions, where some may be stern with the age limit, others may be flexible,” he said.
”Some schools will never admit one who is not up to the required age into their institutions, even after scoring high marks in the UTME and other examinations.
“It is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, it happens in other countries too.”
He urged prospective UTME candidates to always follow all the instructions stated in the procedure so as not to fall into problems.
Benjamin also said that the admissions process for the 2019/20 would commence on Wednesday, Aug. 21, as the board was working tirelessly to ensure a smooth process.