The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board on Saturday announced the release of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results.
The results of the April 11 and 17 university admissions tests had long been expected. The board said the resulta were delayed by investigations into suspected cheating.
At a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, the registrar of the board, Ishaq Oloyede, said the results of 1,792,719 candidates were released.
Thousands of results were withheld because investigations are still ongoing, he said.
“Today, we are releasing the results of 1,792,719 candidates. Some 34,120 results are being withheld including the results of 15,145 candidates being further clarified as identical twins and siblings,” he said.
He said 1,886,508 candidates registered for the exams across the country. The number includes candidates who registered at foreign centres.
“Out of this number, which excludes the Direct Entry candidates, 59,667 were absent. A total of 1,826,839 sat the UTME,” he said.
The registrar said from next year, UTME candidates will make all payments associated with registration, purchase of e-pins, reading text and conduct of mock examinations at one point.
”Despite the high possibility of blackmailers who may want to misrepresent the Board to the Federal Government, there is the need to ban cash transactions at CBT centres to eliminate illicit transaction and extortions,” he said.
He also added that starting from next year, normal CBT registration, service charges and mock (optional) shall be remitted to the respective states.
Mr Oloyede said the JAMB state coordinator, technical advisor, state coordinator and a representative of the CBT centre owners in the state shall superintend over the weekly disbursement on the basis of number of registration.
“It should be noted that the present total expense per candidate is N3,500 (previously 5000) for application document; 700 to CBT centres as registration service charge, 500 for the compulsory reading text and 700 for the mock, totalling N5,400 and N4,700 for DE and candidates not taking mock,” he said.
He said any centre found to be extorting money from candidates under any guise shall be duly sanctioned.
“The next exercise the candidate desiring to write mock would pay 3500 for application document plus 500 reading text, plus 700 centre registration service charge, plus 350 for mock, which has been slashed down by the board to complement the efforts of the federal government on its reduction of the cost of the application document,” he said.
He said the board had to introduce the short code to make registration, especially correction of name, easy for the candidates.
Mr Oloyede added that not less than N200 million was realised on correction of name every year before the board introduced short code where candidates can register by themselves.