Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB and representatives of public and private tertiary institutions in the country, yesterday met in Abuja and agreed on 180 and 150 as cut-off marks for admissions into universities and polytechnics/colleges of education, respectively.
The meeting, which was presided over by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, was attended by heads of concerned education agencies such as the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE and the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie.
Reviewing the official memo for the meeting which embodied the outline for the various policy issues to be agreed on by the stakeholders, Nwaobiala began by getting all the participants to agree to stick to all the policies that were approved for the 2015 admissions in all the tertiary institutions.
jambA major policy issue raised and agreed upon by stakeholders was the adoption of 180 as cut-off mark for university admissions and 150 for admissions into polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education.
The digits for the cut-off marks were those used for the 2014 admissions, which the meeting adopted on the basis that they were appropriate and acceptable average score as pass marks to qualify candidates for admissions into the various programmes of the institutions.
In his speech, the Registrar/Chief Executive of the JAMB, Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde, warned that the board would not welcome any attempt to circumvent the approved cut-off marks, adding that every institution was expected to base its admission on the printout signed and sent to them by JAMB.
He also warned that no form of admission irregularities would be tolerated, adding that the board would no longer condone any request for regularising admissions.
He said: “You must stick to the printout sent to you from JAMB for your admissions. Use of additional list outside the printout signed by me will be unacceptable to the board. We expect that you request for JAMB admission letter from candidates who have been admitted into any of the accredited programmes.
“We have agreed with the Committee of Vice-Chancellors that the number of candidates who will be sent to you will be twice your carrying capacity to enable you screen them and absorb the ones that meet the admission requirement. The rest will be sent to other institutions so that their chances of admission will be improved and institutions which do not have enough candidates can have enough to choose from,” Ojerinde said.
The JAMB boss stated that by the relevant admission procedures and timeline agreed by the board, all admissions must be concluded on or before October 31, 2015.
The Permanent Secretary, at this point, put forward the decision by JAMB to the entire participants to vote for or against. Majority of the participants voted against it, but it was sustained by the Permanent Secretary in line with JAMB’s decision.
Earlier, the Chairman, Governing Council of JAMB, Mr. Peter Eze, commended the board for successfully conducting the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, on the Computer-Based Test mode, pointing out that the exercise had proved potent in the eradication of all forms of examination malpractices.
Eze, however, admitted lapses in a few areas in the administration of the CBT by the board and assured the meeting that, though were expected in the handling of such complicated, technology-based examination, would be addressed in subsequent exercises.