The JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, has faulted the Covid pandemic for the poor performance of applicants in the just-finished up 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
While showing up on a live program on a Nigerian Television Authority’s labeled ” weekend File”, Oloyede affirmed that the current year’s UTME results were more unfortunate than those of three years prior.
Oloyede said the COVID-19 pandemic affected the smooth running of the academic calendar.
He said 99.65 percent scored 120 above out of the possible 400 in 2021 as against 99.80 percent in 2020.
The jamb registrar said, “In 2018, it was 99.99 percent yet in 2019 it dropped to 99.92.
“Additionally, in 2020, 69.82 percent of the candidates who sat the UTME scored 160 above but in 2021, it diminished to 65.62 percent.
“However, this is expected. In Nigeria, we figure we don’t live in a global community. All educated training specialists comprehend why it is so. They knew the point at which we were in the academic calendar before the examination was taken in 2020 and in 2021.
“Last year, when they took the examination, they (the students) had gone far in their syllabus. But, this year, they suffered incomplete academic sessions; they had to cope with emergency online lessons and even many other disturbances like insecurity.”