Effects of Repeating Attempts at the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Among Nigerian Candidates

Effects of Repeating Attempts at the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Among Nigerian Candidates

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Effects of Repeating Attempts at the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Among Nigerian Candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is responsible for the conduct of matriculation examination into Nigeria Tertiary Institutions. The examination holds once in a year and the candidacy increases year after year. The “,unsuccessful”, candidates have the opportunity of repeating the examination. There have been some cases of up to four individual attempts at the examination by candidates. There have also been pleas for retention and use of scores of candidates who “,passed”, the examination in a subsequent year. Some even advocate the use of such results for a period of three years. This paper is therefore set out to determine the relationship of performances of the candidates who repeated the examination at two consecutive occasions. To be able to carry out this study, the result of 1,340,000 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 were examined and compared. The results of those candidates who had scores in the examinations for the two consecutive years were subjected to Pearson product moment correlation analysis for 23 different school subjects starting from the use of english through science subjects to nigerian languages that are the operational subjects that constitute the UTME. The results of analysis showed that there were variations in the relationship between the performances in 2011 and 2012 with respect to gender, faculty and geopolitical zones.

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