A total of 125 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry exam candidates who scored 300 and above in 2021 were denied entry into tertiary institutions, Sunday PUNCH has learned.

The figure is based on the admission statistics prepared by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board for the reporting period.

Sunday PUNCH reports that while tertiary institutions are free to set their respective admission thresholds, there is a widespread belief that candidates who score higher grades have advantages over those with poor UTME scores.

According to the statistics obtained by our correspondent from the board on Saturday, a total of 715 candidates scored 300 and above in the 2021 exams.

Of the 715, JAMB noted that only 590 were admitted, while of the 125 that were denied, JAMB noted that 35 of them had applied for Medicine.

A total of 64 have applied for Engineering-related courses; one for education; 18 for science-related courses.

Further, the board also revealed that while four of the candidates applied for programs in the social sciences; only three applied for courses under admissions.

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In response to the development, the board attributed certain factors to the non-admission status of the 125 high scorers.

“No Mathematics in UTME Combination Disadvantages Medicine Candidates; English and Literature in UTME combination helps law candidates to get admission into English, mass communication, etc.

The board also noted that some candidates did not upload their O’Level results on CAPS.

However, it stated that “sensitizing candidates to upload O’-level results on CAPS brings results”.

Meanwhile, JAMB released some guidelines for the 2022/2023 admissions on Saturday.

Some of the guidelines, obtained from the board’s website, read in part: “Each institution is free to determine the minimum UTME score acceptable to it for admission.

Likewise, each institution for DE determines the number of points it needs for direct entry. Nevertheless, no institution can recommend or admit a candidate with less than two points for direct entry.

“No institution should recommend or admit a candidate whose UTME score is below the threshold of 140 and 100 for Degree and ND/NVE respectively.

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“No institution may recommend or admit a candidate whose total score is less than the minimum score proposed by the institution and approved by the policy meeting. When determining the minimum score percentage, the total of all scores used for the candidate’s ranking is taken into account.

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