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2021 UTME: ‘Wrong syllabus’ not responsible for poor results, says JAMB

Chukwuebuka.NwaforChukwuebuka Nwafor
  • 30 Jun '21

The Joint Admissions And Matriculation Board has said the poor results recorded in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination is not due to “wrong syllabus” given to candidates for the exam.

JAMB in a statement by the Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Fabian Benjamin, said the questions set for the 2021 UTME are based on the texts prescribed in its syllabus issued to candidates.

The Board stated that complaints that the UTME questions were based on the wrong syllabus came from candidates who were ill-prepared and didn’t perform well.

Addressing the rumour of mass failure, JAMB described it as a fluke and a campaign by those whose source of illicit income has been blocked.

The statement read, “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 registration.

“The link https://www.ibass.jamb.govng. as provided with the candidates’ profile code.

“It is 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 rumour 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 ground, every right-thinking Nigerian would question the 6,944,368 figure on which the 14% “pass” is based.

“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.”