jambJoint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said its benchmark cut-off marks for 2015 admissions remain 180 for universities and 150 for Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Innovative Enterprise institutions.
Head of Media, JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in statement released recently and made available to Nigerian Pilot, said the reiteration of this benchmark endorsed by stakeholders at the last combined policy meeting was necessitated by apprehensions based on development in some tertiary institutions, where much higher cut –off marks are being adopted.
Benjamin said there should be no basis for any form of apprehension as any of the institutions is at liberty to adopt its own cut –off marks, adding that the only thing they are not permitted to do is to go below the approved benchmark.
“Universities and other levels of tertiary institutions are at liberty to go higher but not lower, depending on their peculiarities and the performance of candidates that choose them. JAMB only insists any adopted cut off marks must be uniformly applied to all candidates based on existing admission criteria by proprietors of these institutions.
“Universities are centres of excellence anywhere in the world and ours should not be an exception. The high cut off marks policy adopted by authorities of the University of Lagos is aimed at ensuring that the institution admits only the top best as done globally.
“It is a pruning mechanism that allows tertiary institutions a pool of candidates desirous of tertiary education to choose the most qualified from. JAMB is working round the clock to ensure that Nigerian universities are among the best in Africa and perhaps the world in the next ranking and to utilise the available spaces and admit more candidates,” Dr Benjamin clarified.
He said the Board is aware of the variation in cut –off marks in different institutions, which, he said, was acceptable to it, provided it does not go below the approved benchmark, but assured that, as a supervisory body, it will ensure no candidate is discriminated against on whatever basis.
He further stated that the decision of the Board on the use of print-out for the 2015 admission exercise is in good faith meant to avoid situations that are likely to jeopardise the right of candidates to admission because of different cut-off marks set by some Nigerian tertiary institutions.
“JAMB will place candidates who do not meet the cut-off marks of such institutions in needy institutions within their geopolitical zone, depending on available space in such institutions. The aim is to accommodate as many candidates as possible.
“For instance, University of Lagos with a carrying capacity of about 9000, has over 60,000 applying to study there. What happens to the over 50,000? We have other institutions with similar carrying capacity limitations and what JAMB intends to do this time is to ensure that the left over are placed in other needy institutions,” the Board’s Spokesman stated.
He also disclosed that the Board has re-distributed candidates whose cut-off marks are less than what their first choice required to needy institutions and urge candidates and parent to check the list on the Board’s website from Thursday, 30th July, 2015 for their names and institutions they are placed in, emphasising that the online checking does not attract any charges.