Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has pegged cut off mark at 160 and above for 2020/2021 admissions into universities across the country.

The Registrar of the board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, made this known during the presentation of the policy considerations at the 2020 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions on Tuesday, 16th June, in Abuja.

Prof. Oloyede expressed that 160 and above have been approved as cut off mark into Polytechnics and 100 and above for both Colleges of Education and Innovation Enterprise Institutions.

He explained that the decision was arrived at after each of the Institutions had voted and prescribed minimum cut off marks for their schools.

” No University would be allowed to admit a candidate if he or she has scored less than 160 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
” Also, that is not the only thing that would be taken for admission, some would do post UTME and other physical assessments and that will be added to it to determine the cut off mark.

” Nobody can admit a candidate with a score less than what the institution prescribed. That is, those who voted for 210 can maintain the figure and not 209 or anything below 210.

” All those who prescribed less than 160 for universities cannot be accepted but 160 and above and the same goes for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
”Every institution will have what it prescribed for itself except for those who prescribed lower and have to come up above the minimum mark,” he said.
The Professor further said that there would be no admissions outside the board’s Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS).

According to him, any institution that violates the decisions as agreed at the policy meeting would be sanctioned.
He said that the admission process for 2020/2021 would commence from August 21.

”Following the country’s uncertainty in the events of the pandemic, a date for the deadline has not been decided yet but would be communicated later by the Ministry of Education.

”All institutions, must not charge more than N2000, including bank charges, for their post UTME,” Oloyede said.
The Registrar said that waiver has been approved for foreign candidates, the deaf and blind as well as prison candidates against sitting for post UTME screening.
”This, was because of the difficulty in the process as complained by the group,” he said.

It was reported that the meeting was organized by JAMB to signify the commencement of admissions into tertiary institutions.
NAN reports that the meeting, which took place at the JAMB’s Headquarters, had in attendance the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Director General of the National Youth Service Corps and staff of the Board.

Other participants at the meeting were: Vice-Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of all tertiary institutions across the country, as well as members of JAMB governing board.
The meeting was held virtually via the Zoom network.

Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the decision of JAMB taken during the 2020 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions on Tuesday in Abuja, especially from the critical stakeholders such as ASUU President, former Vice Chancellor University of Lagos, etc have reacted.

 A former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, has condemned the reduction of the cut-off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Speaking with SaharaReporters, Ibidapo-Obe expressed that the reduction in cut-off marks would directly bring down the quality of education and graduates tertiary institutions would produce.

He stated that if the minimum was set at 250 or 200, it would greatly improve the quality of education in the country.

He said, “For me as a person, I would not take anything less than 200, because 200 seems to be a reasonable cut-off point.

“You would see that most of the well-established universities don’t take anything less than 200. I think they should aspire to do more and again, when you look at it from another point of view, you have a sufficient space for all the participants to be able to take what they want. If a qualifying exam does not have some level of a minimum s’’9tandard, then it is not worth it.

“In other words, all that the law requires is to take that exam and to ensure that we keep some standard within the system. The private universities are not too happy about it.”

The former UNILAG VC advised the education body in the country to encourage Nigerian students to try out other tertiary institutions if they fail to make the right cut-off mark to gain admission to the universities.

“If we want to raise our standard, we should say 200. If candidates don’t make 200 in the UTME, they should go to other tertiary education providers. The fact that you go to polytechnic or School of Nursing does not mean you will not get a university degree.

“It is not a death sentence (if you don’t meet the cut-off mark). The way we do it here, the reasoning is that if you don’t go to the university, that is the end of your life, that should not be the approach.

“If you don’t go to the university now, don’t worry, you can go to other tertiary institutions and still join the university later when you have improved your skills and your scholarly technique is much better,” he said.

The Prof of systems engineering further added, “When you look at the Nigeria population and you look at the number that wants to go to university, it is not high. Sometimes, the total number of people that take the exam are less than 1.5m compared with our population.

“We need to increase our capacity to take more students but what is fundamental is not capacity for quantity; it is the quality and that quality will have to start from somewhere.

“If the minimum goes up to 200 or 250, the quality will also go up. If the minimum goes down, the quality will also go down but I prefer that we have a high quality and we encourage and provide other areas that people who do not meet the cut-off point can go to.”

From the information gathered, which all prospective University, Polytechnic, College of Education, Innovation Enterprise Institutions students must be aware of are:

  • Admission process for 2020/2021 would commence from August 21
  • 2020/2021 admissions would be conducted by the JAMB’s Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS). To this effect, candidates should be aware of the cut off mark from the institution they are seeking admission into, as prescribed and agreed on during the 2020 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions.

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