JAMB pegs 2017 cut off mark for universities at 120

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 24, 2017

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, in conjunction with Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of higher institutions in the country, will this week decide on the minimum cut-off mark for admission into the various higher institutions of learning.

The JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this at the policy meeting of the stakeholders of tertiary institutions in Abuja.

He added that the nominations were based on the performances of the candidates in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The benchmark set a year ago for all the institutions including universities, colleges of education and Polytechnics, was 180, which the stakeholders at the meeting argued was unrealistic.

The stakeholders also agreed that admission into first choice universities would close on October 15, while December 15 was set as the closure for second choice admission by institutions. There should be a decision on the minimum benchmark by Wednesday, " said the source.

In his remark, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, commended the board for conducting the UTME.

He reiterated the zero-tolerance stance of the current and warned the institutions against collecting more than the approved N2,000 from applicants.

Adamu expressed satisfaction with the 2016 admission process which he said was a huge success, promising that it will even be better this year.

Adamu noted that government is also making efforts to expand access and ensure equality in education sector. Now I am going to take back what I said.

Prof. Oloyede called for the adoption of flexible cut-off marks for admission processes by higher institutions in the country, saying, "What JAMB has done is to recommend".

Adamu appealed to the national assembly to pass into law a bill seeking to remove the dichotomy between degree and HND holders.

"JAMB has a Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to aid you on the admission exercises".

He continued: "All over the world, there is agitation for a dynamic educational policy".

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