The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede has revealed that the number of candidates seeking higher education through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) continue to rise every year.
He made the disclosure at media briefing in Bwari, Abuja. He said the first exam was conducted in 1978 in 78 towns and the Gambia for 96,884 candidates and the number had increased each year. He said from separate examinations for universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in form of University Matriculation Examinations (UME) and Polytechnics/Colleges of Education Matriculation Examination (PCE) for 30 years, the board came up with UTME in 2010. The board introduced optional Computer-Based Test (CBT) in 2013 and made it total in 2015.
He said a total of 1,736,571 candidates have registered for the 2017 UTME as against 1,272,284 candidates registered for the 2016 UTME which showed an increase of 464,287.
The 10 states with the highest number of candidates this year included Imo with 101,868, Osun 88,653, Oyo 87,811, Ogun 81,349, Delta 81,108, Anambra 77,253, Kaduna 72,104, Kano 70,276, Kogi 70,150 and Benue 68,916.