Reduction in JAMB cut-off marks does not portend any danger for education — Registrar

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[Abuja]–The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Isiaq Oloyede has declared that the reduction in the 2017/2018 admission cut-off marks does not portend any danger for education standard and does not translate to a fall in education standard.

He said this in a meeting with vice chancellors, Rectors, Provosts and Registrars of tertiary institutions which held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.

The board had ratified 120 as the minimum mark for degree-awarding institutions, 100 as the lowest mark that qualifies a candidate for admission in the polytechnics. The highest that an institution can fix is 180. And the admission cut-off mark for Innovative Enterprise Institutions ranges between 110 and 120.

The JAMB registrar said the decisions on first choice candidates by universities would end on October 15, while the second choice candidates would end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing date.

He disclosed in a report by This Day that a Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) would be used to streamline admission processes among institutions, as it addresses challenges associated with the former approach.

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

“In order to enhance transparency, no automated admission for those without the necessary requirements will be tolerated.”
Speaking further, Oloyede said the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has reabsorbed the conduct of Post-UTME examination as a prerequisite for admission into tertiary institutions.

According to him, the cancellation of post-UTME was a mistake, urging JAMB to ensure that fee for the examination should not exceed N2,000.




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