Written by Godfrey AKON

2018 admissions: JAMB retains lower cut-off marks

As tertiary institutions prepare to commence 2018 admissions on July 17, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and heads of higher institutions in Nigeria have approved lower cut-off marks for candidates.

The stakeholders, at a joint policy meeting in Gbongan, Osun State, pegged the cut-off marks for universities at 140, polytechnics 120 and colleges of education 100.

The Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts also set the commencement date of the 2018/2019 admission exercise for July 17 to October 15 while second choice will start from October 17 and end on December 17.

Addressing participants at the occasion, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, mandated JAMB to keep proper valid register of all matriculated students in the Nation’s tertiary institutions, urging JAMB and the regulatory agencies to resume joint monitoring of matriculation and admissions exercises.

Adamu called for cessation of illegal/irregular admissions, stating that “Pursuant to the spirit and letter of the enabling law of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, all applications for admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovative Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education must be processed only through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). These include Full Time, Distance Learning, Part Time, Outreach, Sandwich, etc.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N133 million for the JAMB to acquire Computer Based Test, CBT, facilities after JAM complaint that its exam was sometimes compromised.

Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, who presented the memo for approval at Federal Executive Council, FEC, said the idea of acquiring the facility was to enable the agency take full control of the entire examination process.



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