JAMB, VCs to decide cut-off mark this week

Frederick Owens
August 24, 2017

This announcement was made by the exam agency after a consultative meeting with Vice Chancellors (VCs) and other Heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

According to JAMB, the minimum cut off mark for universities in the country is 120, while for polytechnics and colleges of education is 100.

This was the fallout of the policy committee meeting the board had with stakeholders in education sector, Monday, in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday announced that 120 would be the minimum cut off point for 2017/2018 tertiary admission consideration into universities.

"It will also allow for flexible cut-off marks and candidates are allowed to make their choice of institution and course", he said.

The Minister admitted that he ordered the cancellation of the conduct of the post-UTME error a year ago, saying that was in breach of the university autonomy that confers power on the Senate of the institutions to admit students.

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He also said that Institutions could conduct dual mode system which involves both manual and the newly introduced system CAPs.

The benchmark set past year for all the institutions including universities, colleges of education and Polytechnics, was 180, which the stakeholders at the meeting argued was unrealistic. He advocated for a dynamic educational policy to facilitate admissions.

Mr. Adamu, however, advised heads of institutions to accommodate qualified candidates in the most transparent and flexible manner.

His words: "At that time, it became an avenue for exploitation and a burden on many parents."Adamu said institutions were now free to conduct the exercise, adding that its fee must not exceed N2000".

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

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