2024 UTME: Mass failure demands national concern – Peter Obi

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party at the 2023 general election, Peter Obi has expressed displeasure over the massive failure recorded in the 2024 Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB, UTME examination.
In a post on his official X account on Thursday, Obi pointed out that the shocking statistics paint a troubling picture that demands urgent national attention.

The former Governor expressed worries that the country’s education sector was far behind countries like Iran, Bangladesh, and Egypt.

The post reads, “The recent revelation regarding the JAMB UTME 2024 results and percentages has sparked deep concern about the state of education in our country.

“These statistics paint a troubling picture that demands urgent national attention and discussion.

“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 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”.

According to Obi, “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”.

He called for urgent attention to be given to the education sector by aggressive investments, enhancing teacher training programs and implementing inclusive policies.