JAMB UTME 2021: JAMB has denied the report of mass failure, insisted that 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) questions were based on the syllabus prescribed for the UTME contained in the Brochure and Syllabus System (IBASS) issued to candidates.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the Head, Public Affairs and Protocol of JAMB disclosed this to the press in Abuja on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
He said, “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.
It is our belief that based on facts on the ground, every right-thinking Nigerian would question the 6,944,368 figure on which the 14 per cent “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.’’
Speaking on the syllables, he said:
“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.gov.ng. 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.”
According to him, a total number of 1,300,722 candidates took the UTME with 78,389 candidates reported to be absent.