UTME A NECESSITY - JAMB REGISTRAR
By Dipo Omoware
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede says the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Board is a necessity.
According to him, UTME is not a certification examination but a ranking process as the qualification required to gain entrance into university anywhere in the world is 5 O’level credits.
Speaking to 99.3 Nigeria Info FM Lagos’ Morning Crossfire hosts Wemimo Adewuni and Sheriff Quadry, Professor Oloyede said “UTME is a necessity, it is a ranking examination and it eliminates a lot of problems and many nations of the world are doing this.”
“Without it, ranking would have been very difficult. It is assumed that all candidates who apply for entrance into the university would have been qualified. If they are not qualified, no institution will take them and the qualification is to have 5 credits at the O’level."
The JAMB boss also responded to stories of candidates who claimed they got multiple results for sitting for one examination. According to him, not one case has been found to be true. Prof Is-haq insisted that all those who made such allegation when subjected to further inquiry by the police confessed.
“Get one of them and come with them to JAMB and you will find out that that person is a crook.”
“Tell somebody who says I have two results, I will pay for your transport and pay for everything, come with that person and you will be surprised at what you will see.”
“About a week ago, you might have heard about one who even had the audacity to come. We invited him and fortunately he came. When he came, he brought two results. Eventually he confessed and we found out that he did not only do it for himself, he had been collecting money into his bank account and he has been defrauding people. He is now being prosecuted.”
“The problem is more serious than many of us are taking it.” He concluded.