50 Naira Text Only, And UTME Candidates Begin To Receive Their Scores With ‘Oohs And Aahs’

The Oasis Reporters

May 11, 2019

True to its words, the Universities clearing house for new students intake, the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) released the 2019 results
today, Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar.

Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, told newsmen on Friday in Abuja about the set date when candidates can access their scores.

Since the break of dawn, Candidates have been sending their UTME details as text message to 55019 on the deduction of fifty naira, and the results are posted instantly.

The candidates found on the streets in smiles are the ones that scaled through with an above 180 score, the nominal cut-off point for entry.
Many unsmiling candidates holed up in rooms would answer enquirers that network slowdown is affecting their phones.
Many still, protest that their results were withheld.

Dr. James Peters, a psychologist told The Oasis Reporters that parents and guardians should encourage their wards, rather than torment or express extreme bitterness against the candidates that did not score enough to scale through, going by the recent events in India where some students who failed crucial examinations committed suicide.

“Parents should not exert too much pressure on their wards. There is always a second chance. No hurry in life”, Dr. Peters admonished.

The 2019 UTME was held from April 11 to April 18 with over 1.8 million registered candidates.

The board said the results were delayed to ensure that no candidate involved in any form of examination malpractice is allowed to go unpunished.

Meanwhile, the Registrar has paraded a staff of the board, who allegedly collected N25, 000 from a 2018 admission seeker.

He said the suspect was reported to the JAMB management after he couldn’t meet the demand.

The registrar reiterated the board’s determination to deal decisively with anyone, including its staff, found involved in any form of infraction.

”We are not hiding anything; we are ready to deal with anybody caught and they must face the wrath of the law,” he said.

The qualifying UTME examination is only the first step in the process before being admitted into a University, Polytechnic or any other higher college. The next step would be a post-UTME test conducted by various universities to further screen and choose who to admit, against the backdrop of few spaces and large number of applicants.

Additional reporting: NAN

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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