The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has stayed action on the release of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) until it is through with collating reports on sharp practices recorded during the exercise.
The registrar and chief executive of the board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed thin in Abuja on Tuesday during a meeting of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) management and with Registrars of Corps Producing Institutions in Nigeria.
He said he JAMB wouldn’t want to release results because it had asked people to submit reports, particularly of malpractices.
“Yes, we have no reason not to release the results but we are also doing some internal appraisal. One, we don’t want this situation where you release results and you start to withdraw some; so we have asked people to submit reports, particularly of malpractices.
“And for the first day after the result was ready, we now scrutinised and we saw that about 40 per cent of the report were not in. So, why release 60 per cent and create confusion? We have insisted that this year, we will not release the results until we have all the reports of examination malpractices.
“So, the issue of releasing results and now coming, they will be very few rather than the large number that we had. The results are ready but we believe we need to have all the reports; we have about 70 per cent of reports now updated but we want 100 per cent.
“The result will be out; for instance, I was told that the exam of Saturday is completed now. The results are in; when I get to the office today I will append my signature and it will go out,” he said.
Commenting on the candidates who could not write the UTME based on technical challenges in some CBT centres, Oloyede said he was not aware of any affected school.
“There are no technical hitches because those you called BVN matters we have reassigned all of them from yesterday (Monday) for today (Tuesday). We created four sections to clear all of them because it is not the fault of the candidate.
“We have a technical hitch from one of our service providers and where they were supposed to use one character they used another and it created some problems for the candidates. But we have addressed that by reassigning them and all of them without exception at the end of tomorrow, we are putting them fourth section.
“You know the third section finishes at around 3:30 pm, so we deliberately created a fourth section to make sure we clear them by tomorrow (today) because we have no time,” he said.