JAMB puts Cut Off Mark for Universities at 120

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The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has installed the minimum cut-off mark for admission into the university in the 2017/2018 session as 120.

JAMB registrar Ishaq Oloyede said the decision was made after a meeting with vice-chancellors, rectors, and provosts of higher institutions, Punch reports.

It was also decided at the meeting that the cut-off mark for admission into polytechnics should be placed at 100.

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Oloyede said universities can decide whatever their cut-off should be, but should not go below the minimum of 120. He said:

What JAMB has done is to recommend; we will only determine the minimum, whatever you determine as your admission cut-off mark is your decision.

The Senate and academic boards of universities should be allowed to determine their cut-off marks.

Admission into first-choice universities is to close October 15, and December 15 for second-choice universities.

Oloyede also said JAMB discovered over 17,160 students who were illegally admitted by higher institutions.

He added that some of these students have been regularized by the board. He said:

30 per cent of those in higher institutions do not take JAMB or have less than the cut-off marks.

The admission process is now automated with direct involvement of the registrar of JAMB for final approval.

We have agreed to regularise admissions that were done under the table this year. From next year, we will not accept anything like that.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu has said the ban of post-UTME examinations by the Federal Government was a mistake.

He said although the ban was a result of tertiary institutions abusing the post-UTME process, he encouraged them to conduct the test for candidates seeking admission, fixing the fee for N2000.

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