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The 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination (UTME) conducted between April 11
and 15 has bee released.
Ishaq Oloyede, registrar of the Joint Admission
and Matriculation Board (JAMB), disclosed this at
a news conference while announcing the release of
the 2019 UTME results on Saturday that a 15-
year-old boy who goes by the name of Ekele
Franklin, the overall best candidate for
Having chosen the University of Lagos (UNILAG)
as his first choice, the Imo state candidate had a
cumulative score of 347. However, there are
speculations that Franklin may not be admitted on
account of his age.
Franklin was closely followed by Emmanuel
Chidiebube, a 16-year-old boy from Abia state,
who had a cumulative score of 346, while Isaac
Olamide, 17, from Osun state, came third, having
scored 345.
According to Oloyede, 57, 579 candidates scored
between 250 and 299 while a total of 2,906 scored
over 300.
He further revealed that 366,757 candidates
scored between 200 and 249, a feat which,
according to him, represents a plausible
improvement in comparison with 2018 results.
“361,718 candidates scored between 180 and 199
as against 325,152 in 2018, while 494,484 scored
between 160 and 179 as against 455,898 last
year,” Oloyede said while hinting that 15,145
results were withheld for further clarifications.
“410,844 candidates scored between 140 and 159
as against 346,825 recorded in 2018 while also
99,463 scored between 100 and 139 as against
64,712 in 2018.”
Citing some of the infractions committed by
candidates in connivance with CBT centres,
Oloyede decried the persistent examination
malpractices which he said “has eaten deeply” into
Nigeria’s educational system.
He noted that the board has made representative
arrests on accounts of varying infractions, some
of which led to the delisting of a total of 116 CBT
centres across the country.
“In Nigeria, examination malpractice is
exacerbated by the insatiable greed and
desperate antics of parents, who are hell-bent on
inducting their innocent and not-so-innocent
children into the world of sharp practices and
corruption,” he said.
“Double registrations led to the cancellation of
some results last year. This year, we realized not
only double registrations but also multiple.
Someone, for instance, registered as many as 23
times for just a single examination.
“Most of the tutorial masters specialise in
recruiting professional writers for the candidates.
We were able to identify a large number of
impersonators who have been writing UTME for
“We have also tracked registration centres. In
cases where we were able to ascertain the
culpability of the centres, we delisted them. We
have made representative arrests and we must
thank the Inspector-General of Police and the
Commandant-General of the NSCDC for their
wonderful cooperation.”

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  1. Why will he not be admitted into university, for d fact that he passed d exam he should be given admission into d university

  2. The individual who emerged the highest in the exam should be rewarded although he is not of age.

  3. but is that boy not small for admission

  4. That’s a good one anyway

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