JAMB sets to slash 180 cut-off marks
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has approved the reduction of the cut-off mark for admission into tertiary institutions from 180.
According to daily post, this development was disclosed by the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the exam board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, during the 2nd Technical Committee Meeting for 2016 admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria held at Alvan Ikoku College of Education in Owerri.
Oloyede who had earlier called, for a national debate on the propriety of the cut-off marks, as well as expressing concerns over the uniform marks for all tertiary institutions explained, that the decision was reached due to the fact that some schools have been unable to implement the cut-off mark.
According to Daily Post, Oloyede added that “as a Board, we have studied the trend of admissions and have come up with a finding that hardly do the institutions collectively fill their quota annually.
“Indeed, in some cases, up to 50% of approved quota is wasted particularly by upright institutions which do not circumspect the rule. Unfortunately, a large number of institutions flagrantly disregarded the cut-off and many other policies yet they found a way to eventually regularise the illegal admissions through corrupt process.” He said.
He went ahead to explained that, the new cut-off mark which would be flexible will only apply to institutions that have exhausted their list of candidates who scored 180 and need more.
He also gave an assurance that candidates would not be forced on any school but that the board will work hand in hand with institutions to enforce the mandates of their respective senates and academic boards on matters of admission.
Oloyede also revealed that, no federal or state institution will be allowed to continue admitting students after the November 30 deadline.