The controversy surrounding the alleged manipulation of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and 19-year-old candidate Mmesoma Joy Ejikeme, who claimed to be the highest scorer in 2023, has led the Economic Confidential Magazine to unveil the names of top scorers in the placement examination over the past decade.
JAMB accused Mmesoma of falsifying her 2023 UTME result to gain an unfair advantage. Interestingly, while Mmesoma, who presents herself as the top scorer, resides in Anambra State, the real 2023 top JAMB scorer, Umeh Nkechinyere, with an aggregate score of 360, also hails from the same state.
Meanwhile, in its assessment of JAMB results from 2013 to 2022, the Economic Confidential Magazine has compiled a list of 56 UTME candidates who scored an average of 290 and above in the past ten years.
To determine the five best candidates each year, the economic intelligence magazine explained that some candidates achieved the same scores, resulting in a tie for the first to fifth positions.
Out of the 56 highest scorers in the past decade, 16 students scored between 290-339, while 40 candidates achieved scores between 340-363.
In 2013 and 2014, no candidate reached a score of 300; the highest mark in both years was 299.
Further analysis by Economic Confidential revealed that only four candidates achieved scores above 360 in the past ten years. The highest scorer was Maduafokwa Agnes, a native of Anambra State, who attained a score of 365 in 2020. Following her was Galadima Zakari, an indigene of Borno State, who secured the highest overall score of 364 in the 2018 UTME.
In the third position over the past decade was David Okwuchukwu Nwobi, also from Anambra State, who achieved the second-highest score in 2020 with 363 marks. Adebayo Eyimofe, an indigene of Ekiti State, secured the best UTME score in 2022 with 362, making him the fourth-highest scorer in the past ten years.
The Economic Confidential’s findings also showed that out of the 56 top candidates, 71% were male students, while 29% were female students.