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2019 UTME: JAMB releases results of 1.79m candidates, withhelds 34,000 others

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•Blacklists 116 exam centres

Jude Johnson

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has announced the release the results of over 1.7 million candidates in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The results of the April 11 and 17 university admissions tests had long been expected, but the board said they were delayed by investigations into suspected cheating.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, said the results of 1,792,719 candidates were released.

Thousands of results were withheld because investigations were still ongoing, he said.

“Today, we are releasing the results of 1,792,719 candidates. Some 34,120 results are being withheld including the results of 15,145 candidates being further clarified as identical twins and siblings,” he said.

He said 1,886,508 candidates registered for the exams across the country. The number includes candidates who registered at foreign centres.

“Out of this number, which excludes the Direct Entry candidates, 59,667 were absent. A total of 1,826,839 sat the UTME,” he said.

The JAMB registrar disclosed that 116 exam centres had been blacklisted, including a Computer-based Test centre in Akokwa in Delta State which bribed exam officers with N1.7m.

“We have recovered the payment voucher and the concerned staff are being investigated,  but they claimed that they received the bribe because their lives were in danger,” Oloyede stated.

He noted that the exams recorded multiple registrations, pointing out that a candidate, for instance, registered 23 times for the examination.

Oloyede said, “A total of 116 centres have been de-listed or suspended. Out of this number, 18  have been sanctioned by the Governing Board of JAMB with suspension for between one and three years for registration-related misconduct.”

He directed candidates to send ‘RESULT’ to the short code, 55019, on their handsets, adding that they did not need to patronise a cyber cafe to check their results.

Credits| PT, Punch


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