2021 UTME: JAMB Denies Using Wrong Syllabus, Blames Performance To Ill-Preparation

2021 UTME: JAMB Denies Using Wrong Syllabus, Blames Performance To Ill-Preparation
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By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has stated that the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) were based on texts prescribed for the examination in its syllabus.

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Recall that some of the candidates that took this year’s UTME had accused the Board of setting up questions from old syllables which they said had led to mass failure.

Reacting to the allegation, the spokesperson of the Board, Dr. Fabian Benjamin in a statement, said that those peddling the rumours were disgruntled candidates, who were ill-prepared for the examination.

He revealed that JAMB had ensured that its syllabus was accessible to all candidates sitting its examination and had made the material available on three platforms.

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“The Board ordinarily would not have reacted to the half-truth being peddled by some disgruntled candidates, who were ill-prepared for the examination and who, true to all expectations, performed below the expectations of their guardians, that the Board had based its questions on the wrong syllabus.

“The truth of the matter is that all Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) questions are based on texts prescribed for the UTME in its syllabus.

“To ensure that its syllabus is accessible to all candidates sitting its examination, the Board has made the material available on three platforms. The syllabus was issued to candidates through The Board’s Integrated Brochure and Syllabus System, IBASS; The CD which is given to candidates after completion of the registration; the link https://www.ibass.jamb.gov.ng. as provided with the candidates’ profile code,” the statement said.

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He added that It was not automatic that the NECO/WAEC syllabus should transform into JAMB’s, otherwise there would not have been a need for a separate syllabus for the UTME.

“The UTME is not school-based and not an achievement test, but a selection or ranking test which ordinarily does not require a syllabus and does not have room for fail or pass as in achievement tests.

“The rumor of mass failure is a fluke and a campaign by those whose source of illicit income has been further blocked.

“It is our belief that based on facts on the ground, every right-thinking Nigerian would question the 6,944,368 figures on which the 14% “pass” is based.

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“For instance, in the 2021 UTME, 1, 415,501 registered for both UTME/DE. Out of this figure, 1,340,003 candidates registered for UTME and 75, 498 registered for DE.

“The total number of candidates who took the UTME is 1, 300,722 with 78 389 candidates absent.

“You can then imagine the spuriousness of the figure of 6, 944,368 on which 14% is based. The truth is that this year’s performance is not significantly different from those of previous years,” the statement said.

Aljazirahnews


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