Breaking news reaching our news desk today, is that JAMB has fixed the 2017 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 2017/2018 academic session.
The board came to this fixed cut off mark for 2017 at a policy meeting, which was held with the heads of Nigeria academic institutions and other education regulatory bodies in FCT Abuja, where the Joint admission and Matriculation Board confirmed and approved 120 as the minimum mark for degree-awarding academic institutions.
The meeting which was held at the National Judicial Institute, in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja, 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. 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. Isiaq Oloyede, who said that leading academic institutions VC where in attendants and all agreed to this cut off 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 2017/2018 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 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 2018 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 2017, 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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