Nigerian Student's 203 UTME Score May Secure Economics Admission

Nigerian student Alayande David scores 203 in the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has not officially released the top 10 scores, sparking skepticism and questions about the admission process.

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Nigerian Student's 203 UTME Score May Secure Economics Admission

Nigerian Student's 203 UTME Score May Secure Economics Admission

A Nigerian student, Alayande David from Zaman College Kaduna, has scored 203 in the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). While the authenticity of the top 10 JAMB scores for 2024 has been questioned, as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has not officially released them, a lecturer at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti believes David's score may be sufficient for admission into the economics program.

Why this matters: The outcome of this student's admission process could set a precedent for the minimum score required for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria, potentially affecting the academic futures of thousands of students. Moreover, it highlights the need for transparency and accountability in the country's education system, particularly in the administration of standardized examinations.

Wole Balogun, a lecturer and special adviser on media matters to the vice-chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, stated, "The candidate should also wait for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to release the cut-off for the 2024/2025 admission." Balogun, who teaches in the Theatre and Media Arts Department, noted that the student's chances of studying economics this year are better due to the lower overall performance in the UTME compared to last year.

However, the student's eligibility for admission will also depend on their UTME subject combination and O-level subjects. Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB spokesman, emphasized that "The UTME is not a pass-fail examination but a selection exercise." He further clarified that "UTME candidates who scored less than 200 cannot be said to have failed the examination. He said their score might just be enough for the course they applied to study at the university."

The 2024 UTME has concluded, with some candidates achieving high scores. However, JAMB has cautioned that scoring high does not guarantee admission to tertiary institutions. The performance of candidates in this year's UTME was lower compared to the previous year, which may increase the chances of admission for students like Alayande David, who scored 203.

Many have expressed skepticism about the authenticity of the top 10 JAMB scores circulating online, as JAMB has not officially released them. The motives behind the release of the unverified list have also been questioned. As the admission process for the 2024/2025 academic session begins, students and stakeholders eagerly await the official release of the UTME results and cut-off marks from JAMB.

Key Takeaways

  • Nigerian student Alayande David scores 203 in 2024 UTME.
  • Score may be sufficient for economics program admission, says lecturer.
  • UTME outcome could set precedent for minimum admission scores.
  • JAMB cautions that high scores don't guarantee admission.
  • Authenticity of top 10 JAMB scores questioned, awaiting official release.