• Pegs cut-off mark at 180
    for all tertiary schools

Federal government yesterday scrapped the post unified tertiary matriculation examination test usually conducted by Nigerian tertiary institutions before finally admitting candidates into courses of their choice.
Addressing stakeholders at a combined policy meeting to determine the modalities for admissions for the 2016 admission year, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said it was no use for any tertiary institution to continue to conduct extra written test after the usual UTME by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB which has seriously improved and gained public confidence.
This has finally laid to rest the age- long-raging controversy surrounding the conduct of the Post UME test by tertiary institutions across the country initiated by the University of Lagos.
It will be recalled that Mrs Chinwe Obaji as Minister of Education endorsed the introduction of extra written test to further confirm the results from JAMB, especially with the public distrust of such results churned out by the Board at that time.
Mallam Adamu said that the institutions have every right to screen candidates applying to them for admission, but that it should not attract any cost or so-called aptitude test, which, he said, has become their strategy to raise internally –generated revenue.
He also cautioned against the habit of exceeding stipulated carrying capacity for tertiary institutions, warning that flouting the directive will attract serious sanctions from the federal government.

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JAMB barred from issuing admission letters
Meanwhile, the Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu has also directed that JAMB should no longer issue admission letters to candidates admitted by tertiary institutions or task candidates on extra cost to check their result or change course, insisting that the same scratch card should be used to check result and to change course if necessary. He said universities should be responsible for issuance of admission letters.
Adamu also said the cut- off mark for admission into any tertiary institution in the 2016 admission year should not be anything less than 180 and applicable to all tertiary institutions in the country, thereby abolishing the 150 cut-off mark usually applicable to Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.


ASUP, NCCE endorse decision
In his reaction, the President Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, told Nigerian Pilot in telephone chat that the union is fully in support of the decision of the federal government.
He said there was no justification for segregating the cut-off mark when all the candidates, irrespective of the institutions of choice write the same examination.
Professor Monday Joshua, Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, said the commission welcomes the decision of the federal government, especially when it will enhance the chances of more candidates coming to the Colleges of Education if they fail to secure admission into universities since it is the same cut –off mark.

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JAMB concurs
In a related development, the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer JAMB, Professor ‘Dib u Ojerinde, has said JAMB will abide by the directives of the federal government, but will engage the Minister on further dialogue concerning the issuance of admission letters by JAMB which is part of their mandate.
Present at the year’s combined policy meeting were heads of tertiary institutions or their representatives and other major stakeholders