Nigeria polytechnic lecturers ASUP react to JAMB cut-off mark

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 Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, says the new cut-off mark for admission into universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education will affect the standard of education.

Usman Dutse, president of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that the union did not buy the decision of JAMB and what it intended to achieve with the development.

The JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede had, on Tuesday, after the 2017 policy committee meeting, announced 120 as minimum cut-off point for admission into degree-awarding institutions.

The cut-off mark for admission into polytechnics and colleges of education was fixed at 100.

Mr. Oloyede, however, said the institutions are at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum benchmark set by the board.

Mr. Dutse, in his reaction, said, “We believe that the cut-off mark is too low, and if adopted by institutions, will affect standard and value will be eroded.

“In the past, for various institutions we have in Nigeria, even the 180 cut-off mark approved by JAMB some found too low; and now they are bringing it down to 120-100.

“For any examination in the world and any global ranking, there is nowhere 25 per cent is used as pass mark.

“We do not know what the bases are and what it intends to achieve.

“The suggested cut-off mark is not good for the development of education and the candidates.’’

He faulted JAMB on its position that the cut-off mark is a minimum benchmark and institutions can increase it.

The union leader said if that was the case, institutions should be allowed to admit and set examinations.

Mr. Dutse said that any benchmark should be uniform and allow no room for disparity.

“Sincerely, we are not comfortable with the policy.

“There was no much consultation with the stakeholders on the decision, JAMB only held meeting with some heads of institutions once to inform them on what they intend to do,” he said.

According to him, there was no room for observation, suggestion and contribution on the proposal.

Mr. Dutse said the cut-off mark would also increase the number of students to be admitted by various institutions, in the face of inadequate facilities.

“With the 120 cut-off for universities and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education, it means that the weak, the good, the bad and the ugly will be admitted.

“Over 1.6 million students applied for universities and the carrying capacity for all the institutions is about 500,000. Where are they going to put the remaining students?

“This new policy will affect merit, because if everybody qualifies, that means `long leg`, corruption, connection and lobbying will mar the admission process as many will want to find a way to get admitted.

“Sincerely, this is not a welcome policy,” he said.

(NAN)


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  • Chiedu7

    We are in an era of Sharia law & govt that does not value education

    • musa aliyu

      What ‘value’ when no matter what the scores are the candidate has to know someone to be admitted. Is JAMB necessary in the first place? Provide three solid use for the body. Please we don’t need JAMB. Let the universities conduct whatever they deem fit to admit candidates; or, better still, admit students to the universities, using SSCE, and through the course of the study, drop whoever is incapable. In what way is that not a simple way of saving the colossal waste of keeping a redundant body? Merge them with NECO and a better examination body will emerge to compete with WAEC etc.

  • musa aliyu

    ASUP, please address the real issues instead of baying the moon.Is JAMB necessary in the first place? Provide three solid use for the body. Please we don’t need JAMB. Let the universities conduct whatever they deem fit to admit candidates; or, better still, admit students to the universities, using SSCE, and through the course of the study, drop whoever is incapable. In what way is that not a simple way of saving the colossal waste of keeping a redundant body? Merge them with NECO and a better examination body will emerge to compete with WAEC etc.

  • Netanyahu

    JAMB is an islamic policy introduced to make education in Nigeria a boko haram. This is the final destination. Ask the jihadist ishaq oliyede, he will tell you that was the decision of the “stakeholders”. You ask yourself who are these nameless stakeholders when VCs, ASUU, even polytechnics are kicking against it. Typical of anything Nigerian, everyone knows that these people have never believed in western education but have a master plan to completely destroy it in Nigeria. It’s a systemic plan to make sure that the country develops at their own pace. How on earth would any person introduce this as forward-looking policy in 2017? It’s wicked.

  • Dan maikoko

    If we have learned any lesson in the information age, its that no single examination should determine the fate of any individual . To gain entry into any institution of leaning the bar should be set very low but to stay in that institution the bar should be set very high. I believe in continuous assessment as a fair measure of an individual’s capability , but even that is not perfect if one takes a look at the caliber of those the continuous assessment rejected ; Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and countless others. JAMB is not a continuous assessment, its a single exam with so many factors that could affect a candidate’s performance .We must reject completely any gate keeper examination and rely instead on the candidate’s continuous assessment lest we risk losing our own Bill Gates in the labyrinth of paper qualifications .So lets get everybody who wants into the university but for them to stay, they’ve got to prove they are worthy.

  • IPWEB SMS

    When people say there was a mistake in lowering JAMB cut off mark I wonder if they also consider the fact that Most Jamb exams are marred by technological deficiencies in some CBT centres across the nation which implies that result in Jamb does not determine students brilliance. I think I love Dan Maikoko’s comment. Lower the mark to enter and keep high standard for continuity. Let the schools themselves evolve. Our tertiary institutions have a lot of work to do and most lecturers are really sleeping without researching into advancement of their institution. Most these lecturers depend largely on students research to score points academically. Leave the cut off alone and do the right things our Academicians. The cut off is not the problem but the institutions and their management style. When a lecturer comes to talk about poor standard of education in Nigeria, I laugh as I have examined most text books in Nigerian universities by these same lecturers and how poorly organized their contents are yet sold at the most exorbitant fee you can think about. Who then is lowering the standard of education? The Government or the Lecturers who cannot give their students something worth breaking record? Time to really think!