Why JAMB will not release the top scorers’ names in the 2024 UTME

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar said on Monday that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board will not release the top scorers’ names in the just concluded 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

He explained that the board considers the UTME exercise as the only ranking examination and that it’s unrealistic to say that a particular candidate with the highest score will be given admission in the final analysis.

The JAMB registrar said the Board decided not to release the names of the top scorers in the 2024 UTME exercise to avoid repeat of the ‘Mmesoma saga’ after the 2023 UTME exercise.

Prof. Oloyede said: “It is common knowledge that the Board has, at various fora, restated its unwillingness to publish the names of its best-performing candidates, as it considers its UTME as only a ranking examination on account of the other parameters that would constitute what would later be considered the minimum admissible score for candidates seeking admission to tertiary institutions.

“Similarly, because of the different variables adopted by respective institutions, it might be downright impossible to arrive at a single or all-encompassing set of parameters for generating a list of candidates with the highest admissible score, as gaining admission remains the ultimate goal. Hence, it might be unrealistic or presumptive to say a particular candidate is the highest scorer given the fact that such a candidate may, in the final analysis, not even be admitted.

“However, owing to public demand and to avoid a repeat of the Mmesoma saga as well as provide a guide for those, who may want to award prizes to this set of high-performing candidates, the Board appeals to all concerned to always verify claims by candidates before offering such awards.”

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