JAMB: NSCDC Speaks On Ongoing 2024 UTME In Zamfara

Zamfara NSCDC Commandant

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Zamfara State has expressed its satisfaction with the ongoing 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in the state by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The State security agency commandant, Sani Mustapha, who personally monitored the examination in the Gusau metropolis and other surrounding areas, expressed optimism that the exercise would end peacefully.

In a statement made available to journalists in Gusau, the Command’s spokesman, Ikor Oche SC, said before the commencement of the 2024 UTME, the Commandant ensured the deployment of adequate personnel across different centres as part of the Corps’ Safe School initiative program.

He said this proactive approach demonstrates the NSCDC’s commitment to maintaining a secure and conducive environment for educational activities.

“The UTME CBT exercise is being held in seven centres across four local government areas of the state,” the statement added.

The State NSCDC commandant further boasts that the exercise would conclude harmoniously within the state, as he had diligently prepared to prevent any violations during and after the examinations.

Meanwhile, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede, has disclosed why the board is not comfortable awarding scholarships to candidates with the highest scores in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Speaking on Friday in Abuja after inspecting the ongoing 2024 UTME exercise, Oloyede stated that using the UTME scores alone for such awards is premature as it would not capture other criteria that should be factored in for such recognitions.

He argued that though some organizations are still giving awards to the best UTME candidates, JAMB has been discouraging this because other factors, such as the quality of O’ Level, post-UTME scores, and, if going to the NDA, physical exercise, will be added to it before it can be said a particular candidate is the best.

He said: “Yes, MTN and other people are giving scholarships to the highest (scorers) but we have always been discouraging them because you scored high in UTME doesn’t mean you are the best because some other factors will come in; the quality of your O’ Level will be added to it, Post-UTME scores will be added into it, if you are going to NDA, your physical exercise will be added to it before we can say this is the best, before we rank you. So why ranking people prematurely?

“You will see somebody saying my son scored 330 and in addition to that he had 7 A1s, is he not qualified? He might be qualified when you are ranking people in your village, when it comes to Nigeria he may be 650 despite the so-called brilliance to you.”

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