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 JAMB Should Not Be Blamed If Best Candidate Misses Choice of University – Examination Board

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede. Photo: Guardian Nigeria
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede. Photo: Guardian Nigeria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has stated that it should’nt be blamed that the University of Lagos’ age stipulation may disallow the highest scorer in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Franklin Ekene, from gaining admission.


Ekene, who just turned fifteen years old, had scored 347 in the 2019 UTME and picked UNILAG as his first choice, which has 16 years as its minimum age for admission.


The examination board made it known that the university regulations on admission were sacrosanct and could not be flouted by the board or by candidates.


The examination board revealed in its weekly bulletin that while it was commendable that Fraklin emerged the best, his “emergence should not be an excuse to flout the rules.”


“It is obvious that no nation has enough spaces for every candidate aspiring for tertiary education, hence the need to define parameters to ensure that equity and fairness are engendered in the admission exercise.


“The case in point is the result of the just-concluded 2019 UTME which has thrown up Franklin, as the highest scorer. He had picked the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has his first choice. Coincidentally, UNILAG admits only candidates who are 16 years and above. This is their rule and its expected that the candidates and the public abide by it,” JAMB stated.

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