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Mass failure in 2021 UTME: Stakeholders, JAMB trade blames


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With 14 percent pass and 86 percent failure at the just-concluded 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, divergent views have been expressed by stakeholders as to what led to the poor performance by the candidates.

While some said it was a reflection of the state of education in the country, some blamed a number of factors for the situation.

The development elicited different responses when the question, Concerned Educators and Parents, how do you feel about the released 2021 UTME results of your wards?

Is this year’s UTME a true reflection of the Nigerian education system? Was posted on an online education platform, Concerned Parents & Educators, CPE.

For Olushola Agbalu, parents should not feel bad over the mass failure of students in the just- concluded UTME.

His words: “I believe this is the first time in so many years that JAMB conducted an examination and gave a true and fair view of the academic performance of the students.

Let us not discourage the examination body, but instead, I appeal to all schools to give quality teaching, commensurate with the fees being paid by parents, and going forward, let the school examination result be the true reflection of the performance of the students.

Any student who fails should be allowed to repeat the class instead of pushing them to the next class in order to prevent their withdrawal from the school by the parents.”

Collaborating Agbalu’s view, another stakeholder, Babajide Ajayi, explained that the focus of the youths on social media rather than on their studies was the reason for the mass failure in this year’s UTME.

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“The truth of the matter is that students in Nigeria do not prepare and study appropriately for exams again but exhibit outright laziness and are only interested in carrying around iPhones, iPad, and some other expensive phones. (Vanguard)

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