The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Friday cancelled the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results of one Kingsley Unekwe for allegedly inflating his original scores.
The 18-year-old admission seeker got 201 in the UTME but illegally upgraded it to 269 in a bid to bolster his chances of admission.
In the same vein, the board through its Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Fabian Benjamin, warned underage candidates from taking the examination.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Benjamin notes that if candidates do not meet the age requirements of their individual preferred universities, no matter their scores, they would not be considered for admission.
Benjamin spoke to NAN against the backdrop of concerns being raised by the public on the fate of some candidates who sat and passed the UTME with high scores, but were not sure of their plight as they did not meet the age requirement.
The spokesman of the Board lamented that no one should fall victim of the age requirement as it has been explicitly stated in JAMB’s brochure.
“Although universities have different requirements for entries into their institutions, where some may be stern with the age limit, others may be flexible.
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“Some schools will never admit one who is not up to the required age into their institutions, even after scoring high marks in the UTME and other examinations.
“It is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, it happens in other countries too,” he said.
Benjamin also disclosed that the Board will commence admission process for 2019/20 on August 21.