The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that Oyo State had the highest number of applicants in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 2021.
This revelation came as the board released data for applicants for this year’s UTME as Oyo State had a whopping number of 82,521 applicants.
The state which houses the great University of Ibadan was followed by Osun State with 74, 214 and Ogun State, 70,971 applicants from the top three states out of the 1,351,215 applicants nationwide.
Oyo State alone had 6% of the total applicants for the examination which serves as a door to gaining tertiary education in Nigeria, while the top three states – Oyo, Osun, and Ogun State made a total of 16 percent of the 2021 UTME applicants combined.
While there was no state from the North-east region among the top 15 states in the chart, Imo came fourth with 66,348 applicants, Delta followed closely with 64,104, Kogi and Kaduna had 60,115 and 58,122 applicants respectively.
Benue followed Kaduna with 55,617 applicants as Ondo trailed with 54,026 applicants and Edo and Kano had 52,514 applicants each as Kwara had 51,787, Enugu 48,268, and Akwa Ibom, 42,783 applicants for the 2021 UTME.
With this recent ranking, it will be best to infer that educational awareness in Oyo State is still sky-high as the State has notable Universities and Polytechnics as well as the Hon. Ajibola Muraina proposed the Federal University of Agriculture, Igboora.