Meet 66-year-old JAMB candidate who wants to study pharmacy


*66-Year-Old JAMB Candidate Wants To Study Pharmacy, Says UTME Has Improved Tremendously


6 6 – y e a r- o l d , M r. Gabriel Olanrewaju Akinyemi  , h a s reiterated his determination to study Pharmacy if not for the low score he had at the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Mr. Akinyemi, an indigene of Ekiti State, first caused a stir when he presented himself for registration at the UTME/DE 2020 Registration exercise in January at the Ekiti State Office, Ado-Ekiti. At the Registration venue, Mr. Akinyemi had told the bewildered staff of the Board and co-UTME candidates, his dreams of obtaining a first degree certificate in spite of his age. Mr. Akinyemi, who lived at Obafemi Awolowo Academy, Fajuyi, Ado- Ekiti, made another historic appearance shortly after at the State Office to make enquiries in furtherance of his ambition.

There, he had poured encomiums on the present leadership of JAMB for the transformations effected in the Board’s o p e r a ti o n a l p r o c e ss e s w h i l e a ls o commending the Board for all the safety and containment efforts at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The sexagenarian, in a chat with the State C o o r d i n a t o r, M r. A b d u l h a k e e m Abdulhammeed, said the UTME has improved tremendously stating that the electronic mode of test deployment and transmission has reduced malpractices to the barest minimum. According to him, JAMB has really improved a lot going by its transition from Paper-Pencil Testing to Computer-Based Testing which, he noted, has helped in curbing examination malpractice. He observed that since each candidate has his/her own system to work with, there would be little or no opportunity to communicate with fellow candidates. He equally commended the fact there are ample numbers of invigilators and supervisors to put candidates through if they encountered any difficulty during the examination.

Continuing, he said: “The JAMB Registrar seems to be blessed with an abundance of intelligence as evidenced by various transformations he had wrought in the affairs of the Board. In fact, it will do the nation a lot of good if other Chief Executives can emulate him. I’m especially fascinated by the Appointment Booking Initiative through which a candidate could book an appointment with the Board by simply dialling *55019# with the line we had used for registration. This is commendable as it controls the influx of candidates. Similarly, at the gate, candidates’ temperature is checked before being allowed into the office, after which one is made to wash one’s hands and hand sanitizers applied. At the same time, no candidate is allowed into the premises without donning a face mask. All these measures are commendable and worthy of emulation by other public institutions.”

Mr. Akinyemi disclosed that his lifelong ambition had been to obtain a degree certificate hence his determination to take the UTME this time around. Further to this, Mr. Akinyemi had said, “In my youthful days, I had passion to study but my parents were very poor and they could not sponsor my education. So, I stopped after primary school education. However, as a result of my determination to acquire knowledge, I decided to further my education first by obtaining my O’ level result, which I passed with flying colours and now my next objective is a first degree without which my hunger would not be satiated.”

The sexagenarian revealed that he had sat the 2020 UTME at Mater Christi, Igede-Ekiti, Ekiti State, and had chosen the University of Lagos to study Pharmacy with an aggregate UTME score of 161. He disclosed further that he had resigned his appointment as Court Registrar at the Ekiti State Judiciary in 2017 to pursue his educational goals after taking the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination at the Christ Boys’ Secondary School, Ado-Ekiti.

Commenting on his not-too- impressive performance at the UTME and reasons why candidates failed examinations, Mr. Akinyemi said, “What you do is what you get; JAMB result is a reliable reflection of your preparation. I could not finish all four subjects I had registered for because time was against me and this affected my score. Candidates fail because they do not study and prepare well for examinations. JAMB questions are easy if candidates study hard. As such, I will like JAMB to m a i n t a i n t h e st a n d a r d s o f i ts examinations so as to continue to bring out the best in our students.”

According to Mr Akinyemi, “I advise all candidates to cultivate the habit of reading. They should desist from looking for short cuts to success. If I could decide to further my education at my advanced age, then I see no reason why the younger generation should not be determined to excel.”

  • Credit : JAMBulletin 27/7/2020

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