A 15-year-old boy from Imo known as Ekele Franklin, has been announced as the overall best candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination(UTME) with a score of 347.
Emmanuel Chidebube, a 16-year-old boy from Abia came second with a score of 346, while Isaac Olamide, a 17-year-old from Osun came third with 345.
This was announced by Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB), at a news conference to announce the release of the results in Abuja on Saturday in which the procedures for checking the 2019 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB) results was stated.
He also added that the general performance of the candidates for 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination(UTME) was not encouraging as when compared to 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination(UTME) . Oloyede disclosed that in all 2,906 candidates scored over 300 as against 4,683 in 2018.
The registrar continued with the breakdown saying, 57,579 candidates scored between 250 and 299 as against 64,120 in the 2018 results. He said 366,757 candidates also scored between 200 and 249, which is a significant improvement from the 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. “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.”
The registrar said that about 1,792,719 candidates sat for the exams, while 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice. He stated that 15,145 results were withheld for further clarification.
Oloyede, however, noted that 116 centres had been delisted for various infractions, saying that 18 of the 116 centres was previously sanctions by the governing board of JAMB. He, therefore, assured universities of the board’s commitment in sending biometrics and photo details of candidates to the universities for post UTME.
“Double registrations led to the cancellation of some results last year, but we realised that this year not only double registrations but also multiple registrations were recorded. “Someone for instance registered as many as 23 times for just a single examination.
“On impersonation, in the 2019 UTME, we were able to identify a large number of impersonators, who have been writing UTME for candidates. Most of the tutorial masters specialise in recruiting such professional writers for the candidates.
We have also tracked the registration centres and the computers used. In cases where we were able to ascertain the culpability of the centres, we delisted them,116 centres had been delisted for various infractions 18 of the 116 centres was previously sanctioned by the governing board of JAMB” he said.