2024 UTME results worrying—Peter Obi


Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi has described as worrying the poor performance of candidates in the last  Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The examinations held between April 19 and 29, 2024.

The results released by the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) showed that only 0.5% of candidates that sat for the examination  scored 300 while a staggering 76% scored below 200 (below 50%).

According to Obi, the results and percentages have sparked deep concern about the state of education in our country.

“These statistics paint a troubling picture that demands urgent national attention and discussion,” Obi said in a series of tweets on his X verified handle on Thursday, May 9.

He observed that “The distribution of scores is alarming, with only 0.5% of candidates reportedly scoring 300 (75%) and above, while a staggering 76% scored below 200 (below 50%). This highlights a systemic issue within our education sector indicating a significant lack of attention to this very critical contributor to national development. This brings to limelight  an obvious gap in the quality of education provided nationwide. Education remains a critical determinant of a nation’s progress on the Human Development Index (HDI).

“Unfortunately, Nigeria has continued to lag behind in education, reflected by its low HDI ranking of 164 out of the 191 countries measured. This places Nigeria far below other comparable nations like Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines which are within medium and high HDI. Though we claim as a nation that our literacy rate is above 50 percent, which is far below the global average of about 80% and continues to lag behind other comparable countries like Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines with literacy rates of above 70%. This again, underscores the systemic challenge in access to quality education, particularly in rural areas.,” he said.

Obi, who as the former governor of Anambra lifted education to greater heights, said: “One of the consequences of the reported general poor performance in UTME is that with our population of over 200 million, Nigeria can only boast of about 2 million full-time students in different universities, while Iran with a population of over 89 million has over 8.2 million students in one University alone, Islamic Azad University, Bangladesh with a population of about 173 million boasts of over 2 million enrolled undergraduates in the National University of Bangladesh.

“This underscores the urgency of the attention needed in our education sector. In solving this challenge, we must prioritise education as a key driver of development by aggressively investing in education, enhancing teacher training programs, and implementing inclusive policies. A new Nigeria is indeed possible!” he said.

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