JAMB Plans to Cancel the Fixed cut-off mark In all Institutions for UTME

Jamb cut-off mark may change from 180 for some institutions

 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has Announced that it may cancel the use of uniform cut-off points for admitting candidates that took the Universities Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)

The Spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, gave the indication in a statement he issued on behalf of its Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, on Sunday evening in Abuja.

He said a situation where universities, polytechnics and colleges of education were subjected to the same cut-off marks was no longer tenable because it prevented the institutions from admitting candidates of their choice.

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Tertiary institutions, he sated, should be allowed to determine the kind of candidates they want to admit.

He added that there was an urgent need to reconsider the current cut-off point of 180 for admission in order to strengthen access to education, particularly for the less-privileged.

What this simply means is that, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education should have a lower cut-off mark than Universities so as they can Accommodate Aspirants who couldn’t make Admission in the University Instead of writing JAMB over and over Again.

Benjamin said,

“The uniformity of cut-off marks doesn’t make any sense when colleges (of Education ) and Polytechnic admit for national certificate of Education and diplomas, while universities admit for degrees.

He Also Added;

“Yet, we subject them to the same cut-off marks, thereby starving these tiers of institutions from admitting candidates who, if not engaged, may likely become easy prey to social vices.

“This means that if a University wants 250 as minimum cut-off marks, why not? And if another wants less so be it. If a Polytechnic like YABATECH (Yaba College of Technology) wants 250 as cut-off marks, let them admit and if Gboko Polytechnic in Benue State where I come from wants less than 200, let them admit.

“Institutions should be known for their individual quality and not collective standards. This will foster positive competition for the overall good of our tertiary institutions. It is critical for all notable stakeholders to rethink the issue of cut-off marks.

“I am calling for a national debate on the propriety of cut off marks; institutions should be allowed to determine the kind of candidates they want.”

In other words, JAMB wants different UTME cut-off marks for schools can be fixed by the Institutions so as to Accommodate more Admissions.

JAMB urged Nigerians to look at the decision critically for it to take action that would be for the good of the education sector.

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