The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it recorded a significant drop in the numbers of examination malpractices cases in the recently conducted 2018 UTME.

Compared to 2017 when it recorded  2,508 cases of exam malpractices, the Board says it recorded 280 cases in 2018 UTME, indicating a percentage difference of -88.84 per cent.

Before the commencement of the 2018 UTME, JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede had announced that the exam body had reviewed previous UTMEs and had strongly blocked several identified and new possible avenues through which candidates could cheat.

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JAMB, therefore, warned the candidates against going to their exam centres with some prohibited items.

“Kindly note that the examination officials are allowed to scrutinise eyeglass or similar devices and when convinced that such item may compromise the sanctity of the examination, the examination official should confiscate it”, Oloyede announced.

2018 UTME cut off mark for universities

However, The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) recently announced the cut of mark for the 2018Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The exam body and heads of over 650 tertiary institutions involving Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of higher institutions in the country made the announcement during its policy meeting held in Osun State.

At the meeting, it was agreed that the 2018 UTME cut off mark be pegged at 140 universities, 120 for polytechnics and 100 for Colleges of education.