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A top educationist and one-time Federal House of Representatives aspirant, Honourable Yemi Yaqub Olaaje has lauded Prof. Is-haq Olarewaju Oloyede-led Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for ‘manning the gate well’ following its conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 2019.

Hon. Olaaje (APC Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola Federal constituency) was speaking exclusively to Concise News on Monday in Lagos in the aftermath of the release of withheld UTME 2019 results.

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“The last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by its umpire is one of the best examinations ever conducted in the history of public examination in Nigeria,” the school owner declares.

He continues:

“The gatekeeper really manned the gate well against ‘the business-as-usual’ gate-crashers.

“The ‘cartel’ in the system have been boxed into a tight corner. The corruption within and outside has been tamed to the barest minimum.

“So this year’s UTME results actually reflect the true academic picture of all the candidates that took the exam.

“Kudos to leadership of the examination body. I implore them to keep the flag flying.”

Recently, Prof. Is-haq OloyedeJAMB Registrar disclosed that about 76.2 per cent of the 1,792,719 candidates who sat for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination(UTME) scored below 50 per cent.

In all 2,906 candidates scored over 300 as against 4,683 in 2018 and 57,579 candidates scored between 250 and 299 as against 64,120 in the 2018 results.

Oloyede said 366,757 candidates also scored between 200 and 249, which is a significant improvement from the 2018 results.

Nigeria’s topmost examination body initially delayed the release due to “various infractions” noticed. In fact, it announced three days ago it has suspended a navy centre for fraud.