About 600,000 of 1.1 Million Eligible Candidates Admitted So Far – JAMB

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JAMB: Over 600,000 Candidates Admitted for 2022 Admission out of 1.1 Million Eligible Applicants

According to the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), more than 600,000 out of the 1,116,021 eligible candidates who participated in the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) have been granted admission into various universities in Nigeria. To be eligible for admission, these candidates scored a minimum of 140 in the UTME tests and possessed at least five O level credits, including English and Mathematics.

During a policy meeting with heads of Nigerian tertiary institutions, JAMB Registrar Is-haq Oloyede revealed that as of Monday, June 19, the number of admitted candidates stood at 557,625, but it has now surpassed 600,000. However, he mentioned that the admission process for the 2021/2022 academic session is still ongoing due to the extended duration caused by an eight-month industrial strike by university workers in 2022.

Among the data presented, out of the 1,867,743 candidates who participated in the 2022 UTME, only 1,615,656 achieved a minimum score of 140. Additionally, 1,700,841 candidates scored 100 or higher on the tests. However, only 1,116,021 candidates scored 140 or above and also met the O-level requirements for admission to Nigerian universities.

Mr. Oloyede clarified that it is incorrect to assume that all candidates who took the computer-based UTME are eligible for admission. He explained that some candidates who obtained scores above the minimum requirements were considered as “trial candidates” because they had not taken or possessed the necessary O’level results. Despite their high scores, they lacked the prerequisites for university admission.

The JAMB Registrar also highlighted that the perception of some candidates being unqualified arises from their inflexibility in choosing only one course of study, which often faces more competition than others. To illustrate this, he mentioned that over 400,000 candidates applied for Medicine and Surgery, while there were only 78,000 available slots in Nigerian universities offering the program.


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