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Internal appraisal delaying release of UTME results – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board had yet to commence release of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination because of some internal appraisal, its Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said on Tuesday.

Oloyede spoke in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja during a meeting of the National Youth Service Corps management and Registrars of Corps Producing Institutions in Nigeria.

He said, “Everything is going on well, our examinations are going well, we are finishing tomorrow (Wednesday) by God’s grace and then at the end of today (Tuesday), we have done more than 1.7 million candidates.

“Yes, we have no reason not to release the results but we are also doing some internal appraisal. One, we don’t want this situation that you release results and you start to withdraw some; so we have asked people to submit report, particularly of malpractices.

“And for the first day after the result was ready, we now scrutinised and we saw that about 40 percent of the reports were not in. So, why release 60 percent and creating confusion? We have insisted that this year, we will not release the results until we have all the reports of examination malpractices.

“So, the issue of releasing results and now coming, they will be very few rather than the large number that we had. The results are ready but we believe we need to have all the reports; we have about 70 percent of reports now updated but we want 100 percent.”

Meanwhile, JAMB on Tuesday called on the NYSC to rely only on its matriculation lists provided by Central Admission Processing Systems for mobilisation of corps members.

The organisation also slammed some universities in Nigeria that run “top-up” degree programmes, which usually run for one or two academic years or two semesters without the approval of the National Universities Commission and other regulatory bodies.

Oloyede spoke during a meeting of the NYSC management and with Registrars of Corps Producing Institutions in Nigeria with the theme, ‘Appreciating the role of Registrars as a fulcrum in the mobilisation process.’

He charged the registrars to help JAMB in ensuring that illegal admissions and other irregularities were eliminated in the universities.

He said, “All these are aimed at stopping the illegal mobilisation. I want to urge you to please stop this. I, therefore, call on NYSC to rely on matriculation lists provided by CAPS for mobilisation.

“Institutions should also confess their sins and say these are the illegally admitted students. We found out that about 25 percent of these illegally admitted are part-time and sandwich students that have been included in the candidates that are for regular programmes.”

The Director-General of NYSC, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said the decision to host registrars cropped up of recent, beginning with some selected countries in the West Africa sub-region last November.

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