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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has clarified the issue of discrepancies in the results of the 2016/2017 computer-based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Briefing newsmen on the conduct of the 2016 UTME on Friday in Abuja, the Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde, said the errors are a result of technical difficulties.
He disclosed that the actual number of candidates who sat for the examination was 1,546,633 representing 97.12 per cent, while a total of 23,577 candidates absented from the examination representing 1.48 per cent of the total number candidates that registered for 2016 UTME.
Ojerinde said a total of 145,704 representing 9.1 per cent of candidates had the issue of multiple results, which the Board has tried to sort out.
"Overall, there were about 145,000 of them. Immediately we noted this we refused to continue to release the results until the system error was corrected. When it was corrected all other people who sat for the examination from that time up till yesterday had no problem and now even some of them that were affected are asking for extra marks", he said.
The JAMB boss, however, admitted that there were some challenges in the first and second days of the examination leading to relocation of a total of 59,000 candidates to new centres and 16 States of the Federation.

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