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10 Surprises About Top-10 Scorers in JAMB 2020

Although the South East and South South regions together account for more than half of the UTME 2020 top scorers, none of the lads from those states wants to school in any university located in their region. What does this say about the reputation of schools in the two regions?

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the full results of the 2020 common entrance examinations for undergraduate studies in Nigerian universities. Known as Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the exam is now a computer-based standardized test for senior secondary students and other prospective undergraduates. UTME tests problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of concepts and principles for each subject.

Here are 10 fun facts about the top 10 performers in the 2020 test, derived from this table released by JAMP.:

  1. SURPRISE 1: There are 13 candidates in the top 10 because seven candidates were tied on points – four candidates scored 352, two candidates scored 355 and another two scored 359 each.
  2. SURPRISE 2: The average score for the candidates is 89 percent; the highest scorer, a girl, scored 91% while the lowest scored 88%
  3. SURPRISE 3:  All 13 top performers want to read Engineering courses with preferred courses being mechanical (5), electrical (4), Computer (2), civil (1) and Industrial Production engineering (1).
  4. SURPRISE 4: Only one candidate wants to be admitted in a university located in their state of origin.
  5. SURPRISE 5: The universities of first choice for the candidates are overwhelmingly located in South West (85%) while 15 percent are in the North Central region.
  6. SURPRISE 6: The preferred institutions are also overwhelmingly old generation universities, with a lone private university and another lone state university.
  7. SURPRISE 7: Anambra candidates grabbed the first two positions  but the State is tied with Ekiti on number of performers in the top 10. Both states were however beaten by Delta State which produced three top candidates. The remaining six other States each produced a candidate only.
  8. SURPRISE 8: Although the South East and South South regions together account for more than half of the top scorers, none of the lads from those states wants to school in any university located in their region.
  9. SURPRISE 9: Although there were more boys than girls in the top 10, two of the best three performers were girls.
  10. SURPRISE 10: No candidate who wrote the exam in an exam centre in the south east came close to the top 10.