Candidates groan as OAU ‘deducts’ Post-UTME Scores


Candidates who wrote the Post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, have expressed their pain over the reduction of their Post-UTME scores.

Recall that the OAU Post-UTME was written between 25th and 30th September at the Ife main campus of the institution. The institution had on the evening of 2nd October announced that candidates who applied to study there could now check their results on the university’s admission portal.

Some of the affected candidates who had earlier checked their results shortly after its announced release could not view theirs as they were notified to check back in 24hours. Others who were able to view their immediately were later notified to recheck some 48 hours later.

The OAU management had on 4th October notified all prospective candidates to recheck their results as the new results were the authentic ones.

“All UTME Candidates are required to re-print their POST-UTME SCREENING RESULT as from 2pm, 4th October, 2017.”, the statement read.

Candidates who earlier been notified to have scored certain marks discovered a depreciation in their new marks.

A candidate who simply gave his name as Kayode said that he had earlier scored 54.6% but upon checking his result after the new announcement, his score was reduced to 48.2%.

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Another candidate who initially scored 50.2%, according to what was on the portal, saw that her score had become 46.4% upon checking about one hour later.

Information available on the admissions portal indicated that candidates must score a minimum of 50% of the Post-UTME screening score to be eligible for admission.

The University’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju while speaking with revealed there was no reduction in the scores of candidates. Rather, the university only removed a rationale that was not supposed to be a determinant for admission.

“It was only that they added what was not supposed to be added. We initially added and rated JAMB (UTME) scores. Eventually, we just decided to remove the JAMB scores and rate the Post-UTME and O’level scores. It wasn’t that it was reduced.”


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