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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cancelled the results of 108,769 candidates, representing 13.49 per cent of the 806,089 candidates.....
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cancelled the results of 108,769 candidates, representing 13.49 per cent of the 806,089 candidates who sat for this yaers's Universities Matriculation Examination (UME) held nationwide last April 22.
HOWEVER, Mr. Lymangee Agir, a 38-year old candidate from Benue state, who applied to study history at the Benue State University came scored the highest score in the examination with 330 marks.
Releasing the results of the examination in Abuja Friday, registrar of the board, Prof. Bello Salim, said the results were cancelled because the afected candidates indulged in variuos acts of examination malpractices.
Salim who noted that the percentage of the cancelled results was higher than the 10.56 percent cancelled last year said JAMB was forced to take the action because of lagre scale irregularitiies and malpractices discovered during the processing of the results.
According to the JAMB registrar, another 7,430 candidates representing 0.92 per cent of the applicants would not receive any results because their answer scripts could not be scanned.
Lagos state with 27 afected centres tops the list of states with centres where examination malpractices were said to have taken place, abetted by examination officials. Rivers and Akwa Ibom states had 19 and 15 affected centres respectively. Others are Bayelsa (four), Enugu (4), Benue (2), Delta(2), Adamawa, Edo, Imo, Ogun (1) respectively.
Salim said there was a drastic decline in the performance of candidates in allthe subjects when compared with last year's results. "The candidates performed below records of the two previous two years in the Use of English and three major science subjects," he said.
Noting that some candidates had already completed their application forms before their choice courses of study were denied accreditation in the universities of their choice by the National Universities Commission (NUC), he said 88, 318 of such candidates were yet to affect a change in their courses of study, and said they had two weeks to do so with the commission at no extra charge.
Imo state with 83, 895 candidates presented the highest number of applicants while Yobe state with 1, 589 had the lowest.