The 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) results sparked mixed reactions as parents complained of mass failure. Guardians complained that their wards could not meet the minimum required marks for being admitted into high institutions of their choice.
However, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board had come to deny the allegations that it set questions different from the syllabus it gave students. The examination board noted that the exam questions were completely in accordance with the syllabus made available to registered candidates.
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In all of these, there are three possible causes of the recorded mass failure. Parents and students must take note of causes in order to prepare better for next year's UTME exams.
1. Covid-19 Lockdown
The world was forced into self-isolation for months as people were getting infected by the deadly coronavirus. Shops, worship centers, and of course, schools were shutdown to prevent the spread of the vaccine.
Students spent months at home, while only few percentages of them were able to have access to online classes. This made a lot of students not to fully concentrate on their studies. They spent most of their time watching programs on the TV. This probably affected their performance in the UTME examinations.
2. Influence of Social Media
Due to the lockdown, students realised that there was only one way to connect with the outside world which was Through social media platforms. This made most the kids join several different social networking platforms to chat and play with their friends. And this possibly had effect on their concentration to study.
Based on this, students who failed to reach the minimum required marks and plan on sitting for the next year 2022 UTME examinations should limit his or her time watching TV and chatting on social media.
What other possible reason do you think caused the massive failure?
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