Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, says the COVID-19 pandemic should be blamed for the poor performance of candidates in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Oloyede, who spoke on a Nigerian Television Authority live programme tagged, “Weekend File”, confirmed that the 2021 UTME results were poorer than those of three years ago.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic affected the smooth running of the academic calendar.
The JAMB registrar said 99.65 per cent scored 120 marks and above out of the possible 400 in 2021 as against 99.80 per cent in 2020.
Oloyede said, “In 2018, it was 99.99 per cent but in 2019 it dropped to 99.92.
“Also, in 2020, 69.82 per cent of the total candidates who sat the UTME scored 160 and above but in 2021, it reduced to 65.62 per cent.
“But this is expected. In Nigeria, we think we do not live in a global community. All informed education experts understand 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.”