The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that some results of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which commenced on Saturday are ready for release.
JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede who made the disclosure at a media briefing yesterday in Enugu State said the results will be released as soon as he returns to Abuja and gives the directive.
He added that JAMB has no interest in withholding the UTME results of candidates but he doesn’t want to approve the release while on the field.
“The result ought to be out by now, but because I am not at the headquarters and I do not want to approve it while on the field.
“But as soon as I get to Abuja today (yesterday), all the examinations, up to the one being taken today (yesterday), will be approved and released because we have no reason to continue to hold on to it,” he said.
The Registrar noted that JAMB registered 1,415,501 candidates for the UTME 2021 and 1,122, 095 had taken the examinations so far while 66,111 had yet to take.
He added that some of the 650 centers previously accredited to conduct the exam have been delisted for performing below standard while others are on the watchlist.
“53 centres are currently under watch, while 600 of them performed excellently. It is our wish and desire that the board will continue to ensure that such non-performing centres with ulterior motive will not be allowed to participate in the exercise,” he said.
Oloyede added that the use of the National Identity Number (NIN) for registration has helped in reducing examination malpractice as well as the cases of fake candidates.
He said: “We were talking about the bogus 2.2 million candidates, but it has become clearer that more than 500,000 of such number are fake and duplication. And we were able to detect this through NIN and now we have realistic number of JAMB candidates.’
On the safety of the candidates, the JAMB boss noted that the security situation in the Southeast was not as bad as the mainstream media and social media projected it.
“I came here myself with four directors and nothing has happened to us. I want to commend the media for their criticism and support which made the 2021 UTME successful,” Oloyede said.