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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

At Last, FG Scraps JAMB Cut Off Mark, Approves University Autonomy


In what appears like granting tertiary institutions some level of autonomy in admission process, the Federal Government yesterday gave the nod for universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to proceed with their own cut off mark as against the unified 180 mark.

Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, said that the government had thrown its weight behind the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) decision to abolish the uniform cut-off marks for admission into all tertiary institutions in the country, given that, the current policy lacks fairness, equity and logic.

He explained that the Federal Government is in full support of the decision of the board to introduce discriminatory cut-off marks for admissions into Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education. The Minister gave his nod after a one day interactive forum with Chief Executive under the Ministry in Abuja.

“It does not make any sense subjecting candidates who are seeking admission into Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education to the same cut-off marks when the durations and contents of their courses are radically different.”

He said He explained to the gathering that government had directed JAMB to consult widely with relevant stakeholders to come up with new and separate cut-off marks for University admission, polytechnics and colleges of education which will take effect in the next academic session – 2017/2018.

The Minister stated that the responsibility for admission into tertiary institutions rests solely with the Senate or the Academic Boards of such institutions. 

In the case of Universities, Prof. Anwukah said “Senate admits, Senate graduates, full stop.”

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