JAMB fixes cut off marks for universities, polytechnics, colleges of education

A cross-section of candidates writing the 2017 JAMB and UTME computer based examination at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Pro-metrics Centre, in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Saturday (13/5/17).
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A cross-section of candidates writing the 2017 JAMB and UTME computer based examination at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Pro-metrics Centre, in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Saturday (13/5/17). 02637/13/5/2017/Idowu Gabriel/HB/NAN

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has fixed minimum cut off marks for Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

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.

Institutions are, however, at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.

Also, admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions, it ends on January 31, 2018.

Also, decisions on first choice candidates by universities will end on October 15, and second choice candidates will end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing dates.

These decisions were taken at the 2017 Combined Policy Meetings on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria which ended on Tuesday.

The Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, said a Central Admission Processing System, CAPS, will be used to streamline admission processes among institutions, as it addresses challenges associated with the former approach.

Mr. Oloyede also said that Institutions could conduct dual mode system which involves both manual and the newly introduced CAPS.

He advocated a dynamic educational policy as related to admissions.

“All over the world, there is agitation for dynamic educational policy,” he said. “JAMB only admits for National Diploma, not Higher National Diploma; so why should we use the same requirement for ND and BSC, that is unreasonable parity.”

“We should not be sentimental in fixing our cut off mark; we need not over-dramatise issue of cut off mark.”

He said candidates’ applications to study agriculture was very low while applications to study medicine and health sciences increased.

Speaking on illegal admissions, he said the process is now automated because the Registrar of JAMB must approve all candidates.

“About 17,160 students were admitted without JAMB across institutions in Nigeria,” he said.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, also formerly announced a lift of the ban on the conduct of Post-UTME examination as a prerequisite for admission into tertiary institutions.

“Cancellation of Post- UTME is a mistake,” he said.

He noted that banning of post-UTME led to a lot of irregularities by candidates and some institutions.

The minister explained that with the lifting of the ban on the conduct of the examination, institutions are now at liberty to conduct, while adding that fee for the examination should not exceed N2000.

He explained that the 2016 admission process was a huge success, while expressing optimism that government is working assiduously to make that of 2017 better.

Mr. Adamu noted that government is also making efforts to expand access and ensure equality in the education sector.

He expressed optimism that a substantial number of candidates who sat for the 2017 UTME would gain admission into tertiary institution.

“Over 1.6 million candidates applied for degree courses, over 17,000 for ND as well as NCE,” he said.


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  • emailofemi

    Adamu Adamu!!!!

  • Joshua Kwame

    These people are spoiling the educational sector the more.

  • The Optimist

    What is the essence of JAMB coming up with its own minimum cut-off marks when the universities are at liberty to fix theirs? Coming back to the post UTME examination, does JAMB have any oversight duty over the universities? I think the whole idea of JAMB SHOULD BE SCRAPPED to spare prospective admission seekers the nightmare caused by all these mixed up absurdities. Each institution should conduct it’s own admission exam.

  • JAMB should act purely as a central clearing system rather than be involved in setting cut off marks for universities.

  • Justice and Fairness

    Polytechnic and HND people would not fight for parity with University graduates in cut off marks now. Neither would they fight for parity in minimum qualification of their teachers with that of University lecturers. As well as teaching facilities. But when it comes to salary and seniority, they start bringing the roof down, alledging discrimination. Nigerians are hypocritical schemers and ctiminals

    • Man_Enough

      Go back read and understand what the register said; “JAMB only admits for National Diploma, not Higher National Diploma; so why should we use the same requirement for ND and BSC………”.

      • Justice and Fairness

        Am afraid there is an element of deception in your response to my comment. Post Jamb, it takes 4 years of studies to earn an HND, for BSc it also takes a minimum of 4 years and even 5 or 6 for same types of professional courses offered in the polytechnics. So it’s still an inferior entry qualification and teaching standards. Simply the truth.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    JAMB are NYSC are institutions that have since outlived their usefulness. They are strategically placed both at the beginning and end of the Nigerian student tertiary experience and have proven to be a painful source of affliction, distress and hardship to our promising youth both at the start and end of their University journey. I look forward to a govt that will scrap these two wasteful but useless Govt institutions

  • Black Pope

    Good development. It will increase the number of students to be admitted this session, with the minimum 5 credits as bench mark. The private universities will be so happy now.

  • Sonia Offcial

    I trust they are confused…..I wonder how grownups would hold a meeting and still come up with such decisions…..