THIS is to inform and notify the Nigeria general public, especially all concerned parents and students that the Nigerian tertiary institutions, including Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Educations are all allowed to set their cut off marks above the official Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (jamb) released Cut Off Mark.
After the peaceful, extremely peaceful protests which was held by Parents and students this week, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) board were forced to release statements defending their actions and also response to the 2015 highest cut off marks set by a Nigerian University, which is the 250 cut off marks set by the University of Lagos (unilag) for the 2015/2016 academic session.
They released an information, stating that all tertiary institutions in Nigeria are allowed to go above the National admission examination cut off mark.
If you can recall, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board had on the 14th of July, 2015 announced 180 as the admission cut-off mark for universities, and 150 for polytechnic and college of education. (see full information here)
The main reason why the board are releasing statements upon statements is mainly because of the drama that sets out on Wednesday morning, were more Hundreds of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Parents and candidates who have chosen the Unilag as their first choice academic institution, stormed the University of Lagos to protest against the decision of the school’s management to stop prospective candidates from partaking in the forthcoming screening exercise post-UTME.
According to information released by the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, saying that all Nigerian Universities are allowed to go above the National admission examination cut off mark.
While speaking to the News Men outside the jamb national office, the PRO disclosed that that universities are allowed to raise their cut off mark above the official cut off mark set by JAMB, but are not allowed to go below the cut off for their respective institution.
Not stopping there, Mr. Fabian Benjamin went on to explain that the University of Lagos decided that their cut off point should be 250 as a means of getting the best candidates who scored high in the JAMB CBT exercise.
Here’s is what you need to understand why UNILAG raised their cut off marks to 250 for 2015/2016 academic session:
“Nigerians and most especially, all candidates who choose the University of Lagos as their first choice of institution should be aware that the school has more than twenty five thousand (25,000) students applying for admission.
BUT the most important piece of information here is that, out of the 25,000 candidates who applied for admission, Unilag has a carrying capacity of less than 7,000 out of the 25,000 applicants.
Now, take note that out of the 25,000 applicants, more than fifteen thousand (15,000) candidates scored over 250, which is why the school is not taking candidates with less UTME scores than 250. It simply means the university is trying to see how they can get the best.”
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