Why 15-year-old who scored highest Jamb mark will be refused admission

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OrijoReporter.com, Ekele Franklin

Master Ekele Franklin from Imo State, who scored the highest mark in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) is bound to be denied of admission by his first choice institution, University of Lagos.

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Franklin scored 347 marks but his age, 15 year-old is a drawback to his application for admission into Unilag. The institution only admit student from 16 years old.

Next to him, is 16-year-old Emmanuel Chidebube, also from Imo, who scored 346, while Isaac Olamide, a 17-year-old from Osun came third with 345.

Announcing the release of the results, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede on Saturday in Abuja, said 2,906 candidates scored over 300 as against 4,683 in 2018.

Oloyede explained that 57,579 candidates scored between 250 and 299 as against 64,120 in the 2018 results.

He said 366,757 candidates also scored between 200 and 249, which is a significant improvement from the 2018 results. “361,718 candidates scored between 180 and 199 as against 325,152 in 2018, while 494,484 scored between 160 and 179 as against 455,898 last year.

“410,844 candidates scored between 140 and 159 as against 346,825 recorded in 2018 while also 99,463 scored between 100 and 139 as against 64,712 in 2018.”

The registrar said that about 1,792,719 candidates sat for the exams, while 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice. Oloyede stated that 15,145 results were withheld for further clarification.

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