UTME: Anchor varsity VC announces against adjusting public exams

The Vice Chancellor of Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos, Prof. Samuel Bandele, has warned against conceding the integrity of public examinations, saying the consequences are dire for society at large.

This is just as he announced a full scholarship award to Miss Umeh, Kamsiyochukwu Nkechinyere, who emerged the highest scorer in this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

Speaking on Thursday at a press briefing, Bandele, a professor of Educational Evaluation and Computer Education, described the recent debate that trailed who scored the highest in the 2023 UTME as unfortunate, he added that it should just be regarded as a mix-up.

Recall that the issue of who scored the highest mark in the exam became a subject of public debate when Miss Mmesoma Ejikeme came up with claims that she scored 362 and JAMB said she scored 249. She later agreed that she scored 249.

Nkechinyere scored 360 to emerge as the highest scorer.

Bandele, who also commended the Deeper Life High School for producing high scorers in this year’s UTME, said Prof. Ishaq Oloyede was doing a great job in JAMB.

“We want to attract products from our secondary school arm to our university because we want to continue to train them as total persons. We train them morally and academically too. As a faith-based institution, we know the importance of being trained to be morally sound and imbibe good virtues, and also to be able to compete favorably with others from across the world.

“Nkechinyere is free to come and study any course of her choice and it will be done on full scholarship. Apart from her, we are also giving the first best 10 highest scorers from Deeper Life High School from across the country tuition-free awards. And another set of best 50 considerable rebates on their fees. You know that across the country, over 130 students from Deeper Life High School scored 300 marks and above.

“We are also starting some new programs such as medicine in alliance with Dominican University in the Dominican Republic and we are gearing up to begin our law program among others. Despite being young, just eight years old, Anchor University has proven to be one of the fastest-growing universities and we hope to maintain the momentum,” he said.

Bandele who described the fees charged in the institution as adequate, added that though the Deeper Life Bible Church supports it, ” a university is very expensive to run, but here at Anchor University, our focus is not on making profit but to impact positively on the society through the provision of qualitative and affordable education.”

On the benchmark announced by JAMB as the cut-off point for admission into higher institutions in the country, the VC explained that it was just to counsel the schools.

Edited by Damilola Adeleke

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