Published: Fri, August 25, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

JAMB Crashes Cut-Off Marks Into Varsities, Others

JAMB Crashes Cut-Off Marks Into Varsities, Others

He said: "What JAMB did was a recommendation, we only determined the minimum, whatever the various institutions determine as their admission cut-off mark is their decisions".

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday released the new cut-off marks for admission into higher institutions of learning in the country for the 2017/2018 academic session.

The President of NANS, Chinonso Obasi in a statement on Thursday, threatened that the decision would be resisted if JAMB refused to adhere to the status quo.

But Babalola, in a statement, said he was anxious that the decision was taken without due consideration for its implication on the quality of education in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

"Even with the current status, the general phenomenon is that Nigerian graduates are not employable. It should not be encouraged".

Also, admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018, while for private institutions, it ends on January 31, 2018.

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While stating that no candidate without O' Level prerequisite would be offered admission, Prof Oloyede urged the heads of the various tertiary institutions to set their modalities for admission exercises as it was not the board's responsibility.

According to Oloyede, the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which his body conducts, is not a qualifying examination but a ranking test, and that the qualifying particular of every candidate seeking admission is by obtaining credits in five subjects including English and Mathematics in the Senior School Certificate Examination results.

He said although the government has agreed to allow the post-UMTE run in the universities, the programme is no longer mandatory for any institution, while the Senate of each tertiary institution holds the discretion on whether or not to embrace it while setting the parameters.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, admitted that the Federal Government's ban on post - UTME was a mistake.

He highlighted that corruption in the system was also responsible for the decision to ban the post-UTME exercise.He warned that no institution should charge any fee above N2, 000 per candidate in the exercise and warned that it must be corruption free.

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