The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced the minimum cut off marks for Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
According to the board, the minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria was set for 120, polytechnics and colleges of education pegged at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.
The decision was taken during the 2017 Combined Policy Meetings on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria which ended on Tuesday.
According to the board, the Institutions have the right to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB, adding that admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions, will ends on January 31, 2018.
The JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed that 23.8 per cent of the total number of the candidates scored below 160 marks, adding that the timelines for admission of first choice was October 15, while second choice would be December 15.
Mr. Oloyede, who urged the heads of the various tertiary institutions to set their modalities for admissions exercises as it was not the board’s responsibility also stated that candidate without O’ Level prerequisite will not be offered admission.
“JAMB has a Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to aid you on the admission exercises. CAPS will not replace admission processes of institutions. It will enable institutions to simply communicate with JAMB in a more dynamic and timely manner. It will also allow for flexible cut-off marks and candidates are allowed to make their choice of institution and course,” he said.
“We should not be sentimental in fixing our cut off mark; we need not over-dramatise issue of cut off mark,” he said, adding that candidates’ applications to study agriculture was very low while applications to study medicine and health sciences increased.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, however, announced a lift of the ban on the conduct of Post-UTME examination as a prerequisite for admission into tertiary institutions, adding that banning of post-UTME led to a lot of irregularities by candidates and some institutions.
“Cancellation of Post- UTME is a mistake,” he said.
The minister said that fee for the examination should not exceed N2000.