The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has released the cut off marks for tertiary institutions in Nigeria as it relates to the 2017/2018 admission exercise.
The decision was taken at the 2017 combined policy meetings on admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria which ended in Abuja on Tuesday.
The meeting had in attendance Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of higher institutions in the country.
The minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria was set at 120, polytechnics and colleges of education pegged at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.
The institutions are, however, at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.
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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.
Also, decisions on first choice candidates by universities will end on October 15, and second choice candidates will end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing dates.
JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said a Central Admission Processing System, CAPS, will be used to streamline admission processes among institutions, as it addresses challenges associated with the former approach.
Mr. Oloyede also said that Institutions could conduct dual mode system which involves both manual and the newly introduced CAPS.
He advocated the need to avoid sentiments in setting up cut off marks for admission.
“All over the world, there is agitation for dynamic educational policy,” he said. “JAMB only admits for National Diploma, not Higher National Diploma; so why should we use the same requirement for ND and BSC, that is unreasonable parity.”
“We should not be sentimental in fixing our cut off mark; we need not over-dramatise issue of cut off mark.”
He said candidates’ applications to study agriculture was very low while applications to study medicine and health sciences increased.
Speaking on illegal admissions, he said the process is now automated because the Registrar of JAMB must approve all candidates.
“About 17,160 students were admitted without JAMB across institutions in Nigeria,” he said.