Breaking news reaching our news desk today is that JAMB has fixed 2019 cut off marks for Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) conferred on Tuesday, and officially fixed the cut-off marks for admission into higher institutions of learning for the 2019/2020 academic session.
The board came to this fixed cut off mark for 2019 at their last policy meeting. This policy meeting is held Yearly to ascertain the cut off marks for admission into Nigerian institutions.
JAMB Approves 160 as cut-off mark for 2019 Admission.
The 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria has approved 160 and above as the national minimum cutoff mark for admission into all state-owned and federal Universities for 2019.
The decision was reached at a meeting held at Bola Babalakin Auditorium, Gbongan, in Osun State today, Tuesday, June 11th, 2019. The board agreed that the minimum UTME score for admission into private Universities should be placed at 140.
While it was agreed that 120 UTME scores will be the cut off marks for polytechnics, and 110 JAMB scores were approved as the least score for admission into private polytechnics in Nigeria.
The meeting had in attendance vice chancellors, Rectors, Provosts and Registrars of tertiary institutions.
However, for polytechnics, the minimum mark required for admission of candidates into Polytechnics is set at 100, while the highest that an institution can fix is 180. The same mark applies to Colleges of Education.
This is to officially cement the fact that almost all candidates who sat in the just concluded JAMB test, are qualified for admission into their chosen institution. Please take note that the admission cut-off mark for Innovative Enterprise Institutions ranges between 110 and 120.
According to the current JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who said that leading academic institutions VC wherein attendants and all agreed to this cutoff marks. The registrar also pointed out that the newly agreed marks would over-ride the previous marks submitted by the institutions.
Professor Oloyede went further to warned that the JAMB board would not allow any academic institution to go below the endorsed and confirmed marks in their admission process.
The JAMB registrar however disclosed that the reduction in the 2019/20 admission cut-off marks does not portend any danger for the Nigeria education standard and does not translate it to a fall in education standard.
The JAMB registrar said the decisions on first choice candidates by the degree awarding universities would end on the 15th October, while the second choice candidates would end on the 15th of December, after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till January closing date.
Prof. Oloyede also disclosed that a Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) would be used to streamline admission processes among institutions offering admission to candidates in 2019, as it addresses challenges associated with the former approach.
He said and I quote below:
“We should not be emotional in fixing Nigeria Universities cut-off mark; we need not over-dramatise issue such as cut-off mark. “In order to enhance transparency in our educational sector, no automated admission for those without the necessary requirements will be tolerated by the board.”
Speaking on the cancellation of POST UTME, the Registrar said the cancellation of post-UTME was a mistake, urging JAMB to ensure that fee for the examination should not exceed any below Two thousand Naira (N2,000).
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