JAMB to scrap cut-off marks for universities, poly etc

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has hinted that it could cancel the utilization of consistent cut-off mark for admitting prospects that required the Colleges Tertiary Matriculation Exam.

The problem of cut-off marks to be used for entrance presently, it said, should go through national debate by stakeholders.

The Spokesperson of , Dr. Fabian Benjamin, offered the indicator in a assertion he issued on behalf to its Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, on Sunday in Abuja.

A predicament was said by him where universities, polytechnics and universities of education were put through the same cut-off grades was no more tenable since it prevented the establishments from admitting individuals of the choice.

Tertiary institutions, he stated, should be allowed to determine the sort of individuals they want to admit.
He added that there is an immediate need to reconsider the existing cut-off point of 180 for entrance to be able to strengthen usage of education, for the less-privileged particularly.

Benjamin said, “The uniformity of cut-off marks doesn’t make any sense when colleges (of education) and polytechnics admit for national certificate of education and diplomas, while universities admit for degrees.

Yet, we subject matter these to the same cut-off grades, thereby starving these tiers of institutions from admitting individuals who, if not involved, may very well become easy victim to sociable vices.

“This means that if a University wants 250 as minimum cut-off marks, why not? And if another wants less so be it. If a Polytechnic like YABATECH (Yaba College of Technology) wants 250 as cut-off marks, let them admit and if Gboko Polytechnic in Benue State where I come from wants less than 200, let them admit.

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“Institutions should be known for their individual quality and not collective standards. This will foster positive competition for the overall good of our tertiary institutions. It is critical for all notable stakeholders to rethink the issue of cut-off marks.

“I am calling for a national debate on the propriety of cut off marks; institutions should be allowed to determine the kind of candidates they want.”

JAMB also expressed worry over the class opportunities as it affects the distribution of admission resources.

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The organisation said, “The rich have multiple opportunities which include going abroad for studies while the poor only have the opportunity of struggling for the scarce spaces here.

“They come back and they are integrated while the poor can’t afford it and are forever denied the opportunity of education. Let institutions admit what they want according to their needs.”

JAMB urged Nigerians to look at the decision critically for it to take action that would be for the good of the education sector.

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