2024 UTME: JAMB Withholds Results of 64,624 Candidates

The 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination was made public by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Monday.

Exams were held in 118 local governments at 774 Computer Based Test Centers, with 1,989,668 candidates registering. Of those, 1,904,109 took the test, while 80,810 did not show up. The results of the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been made public by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), with 64,624 students’ results being withheld due to different transgressions.

On Tuesday, candidates must check their results

During a press conference in Abuja on Monday, JAMB Registrar Professor Ishaq Oloyede declared the results’ release and stated that the board would conduct additional investigation on the results that were withheld. The 2024 UTME period concluded on Monday, April 29, 2024, after beginning on Friday, April 19, 2024.

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Oloyede disclosed that 1,989,668 candidates registered for the examinations held in 118 towns in 774 Computer Based Test Centres (CBT).

According to him, out of the registered candidates, 1,904,109 sat for the examination while 80,810 were absent.

He explained that 64,624 results were under investigation for various reasons such as verification (2,896), procedural investigations(4,594), and prima facie established examination misconduct (78).

He said other results under investigation were centre-based investigations involving 57,056 candidates in 18 centres across the country. The 18 centres listed for the investigation were 12 in Edo, three in Akwa Ibom, two in Delta and one in Kwara state.

“The Board witnessed a near-zero infraction situation in the 2024 UTME except for a few cases, which represent just a tiny fraction of what was reported last year.

“This is encouraging and the Board is poised to consolidate on the successes recorded,” he said.

He stated that the Board’s 2024 UTME was the smoothest yet, thanks to the widespread use of cutting-edge technology that has significantly decreased the number of occurrences of exam fraud. He stated that during the exam, there were just 25 snags that affected 150 out of the 9,156 sessions in 95 out of the 774 centers.

He said, “The examination misconduct is clearly being eliminated from examinations conducted by the Board as only 78 cases of examination misconduct were recorded in the just-concluded exercise”.

On the performance candidates in the 2024 UTME Oloyede revealed that a total of of 8,401 candidates scored 300 and above representing 0.5 percent while 77,070 candidates Scored 250 and above representing 4.2 percent.

Also, 439,974 candidates scored 200 and above while a total of 1,402,470 candidates scored below 200.

The JAMB Registrar advised candidates to use the phone numbers they used to register to text UTMERESULT to 55019/66019.

“There is no need to approach any CBT centre or cybercafé to check results. The following are the responses to be expected hence, a candidate with a result will receive the message: “Dear “Candidate X”, your result is as follows (and the details will be provided).”

“Those being processed and those absent would receive “under processing” and “absent” respectively,” he stated.

Oloyede, while giving a further breakdown of the results, noted that a total of 1,989,668 candidates registered for the examination, which he said was 24.7 per cent higher than the figure for the year 2023.

He said: “Of the 1,989,668 registered, 1,904,189 were present and verified, 2,899 were present but unverified, 80,810 were absent.

“There is a significant improvement in the enrolment of females, with over 1 million girls registering for the examination.

“This is the first time in three years that the number of females will be more than that of their male counterparts.

“Out of the total registration, 3,164 were of persons living with disabilities. There is a 36.2 per cent increase in the enrolment of People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) as compared to last year.

“The Board is today releasing the results of 1,842, 464 candidates. 64,624 results are under investigation,” he said.

“Our examination, a selection exercise, will continue to be a model for equity, fairness and justice as far as admission processes are concerned. As we release the results of the 2024 UTME, we are proud and determined to continue to deliver on our mandate,” he stated.

The difficulties and complications present in the Nigerian educational system are brought to light as the dust settles following the announcement of the 2024 UTME results. Although the concealment of the results might obscure the accomplishments of certain candidates, it also offers a chance for contemplation and self-examination. Nigeria can establish a more meritocratic and equitable educational system that enables every student to reach their full potential by tackling the underlying causes of malpractice and fortifying procedures that guarantee justice and transparency.

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