Oloyede calls for national debate on tertiary cut-off marks

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has called for a national debate on the propriety of cut-off marks, suggesting that institutions should be allowed to determine the kind of candidates they want. 

Oloyede argued, in a statement, that the uniformity of cut-off marks doesn't make any sense when colleges of education and polytechnics admit for NCE and diplomas while universities admit for degrees and are subjected to the same cut off marks.

He said equality of cut-off marks was starving the various tiers of institutions from admitting candidates who if not engaged may likely become easy prey to social vices. 

"Let institutions admit what they want according to their needs. This means that if a university wants 250 as minimum cut-off marks, why not; and if another want less so be it.

“If a Polytechnics like Yaba want 250 let them admit and if Gboko polytechnics in Benue State where I come from want less than 200 let them admit,” he said.

Oloyeded expressed confidence that the pin vending system, a method introduced in place of scratch cards, will make its payment services easily accessible and discourage fraudulent acts associated with the scratch card system.

Oloyede said pin vending will be easily accessed by candidates anywhere using their phones, web payment, online quick teller, ATM payment, quickteller mobile application and Bank branch, cash cards, among others as against scratch cards that were only sold by banks.

He noted that the Board will continue to make reforms that will take into cognizance the interest of every Nigerian child irrespective of whether poor or rural settlers.

According to him, JAMB has critically looked at the process of regularizing candidates and found lapses it cannot tolerate in its drive to effect positive change in  tertiary education in Nigeria. 

He said JAMB has designed a template to be completed online by candidates and endorsed by the Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Provosts or Registrars of the candidates’ institutions to discourage abuse of regularizing candidates and perhaps, stop it permanently.

Oloyede said the template will then be submitted to the Board’s Offices nearer to the institution for the Registrar's approval subject to available evidence, adding that the Registrar may deny approval if sufficient and convincing reasons are not given.

“The public is to note that all admissions are done by the academic board of tertiary institutions and submitted to the Board who ensures that the admissions meet set requirements by proprietors of these institutions and government criteria. 

“As such there is no basis for regularization. The Board only designed this process to clear any backlog as it doesn't intend to continue with regularization exercise again,” he said.


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