The 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) recorded poor performance by candidates, as only 168, 613 scored above 200 out of the available 400 marks.
According to Vanguard, a perusal of the document issued by the Board after its Policy Meeting in Abuja early in the week showed that the performance was a far cry from the 404, 740 that scored over 200 out of the 1.9 million that sat for the examination in 2020.
The document revealed that 1, 428,208 applied in 2021 for UTME and over 300,000 were also direct entry candidates.
The breakdown of the performance of candidates in 2021, as given by JAMB, showed that 168, 613 scored 200 marks and above, 64,323 scored 190-199, and 90,688 scored between 180 and 189 marks
Others are 117,970 scoring between 170 and 179 marks, 149,421 scoring between 160 and 169 marks.
For the range of 140 to 159 marks, 369,023 candidates fell into that category, while 170,816 scored between 130 and 139 marks.
The cut-off points for 2021 admission are yet to be fully decided by the schools.
For 2021, Oyo State presented the highest number of candidates with 82,521, followed by Osun with 74, 234 and Ogun with 70,971.