Why we did UTME many times
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Why we did UTME many times

THE era of writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) once and making it seems to have been long gone.

With an average of 1.5 million candidates writing yearly (1, 272, 284 – 2016; 1, 736, 571 – 2017; 1,652,825 – 2018), and the inability of universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education to absorb eligible candidates, few candidates are lucky to be admitted after their first try.

While those who attended the university in the 80s most likely wrote once, some respondents who completed their secondary education in the 90s told The Nation that they had to take the exam twice or thrice before getting in.

“I did JAMB twice and PolyJAMB once. Spent a year at home and a year in the polytechnic before I went to the university,” said a Lagos banker, who wrote in the era when the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) still conducted separate examinations for university applicants (University Matriculation Examination, UME) on the one hand and Monotechnics, polytechnics and colleges of Education (MPCE Matriculation Examination) for the other category of applicants.

Another respondent said she wrote thrice because of her insistence on studying Law.

The Nation, March 29, 2018


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