JAMB Cancels Uniform Cut-Off Marks

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Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cancelled the general cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions and allowed the institutions freedom to set their individual minimum benchmark for admission.

The decision was taken at the 2021 policy meeting, on Tuesday, August 31, which was held virtually and chaired by the minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

The stakeholders also approved October 29, 2021, as the deadline for the closure of amendments for 2021 admissions.

Speaking with newsmen, the registrar of JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede said some universities such as the University of Maiduguri proposed 150, Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto proposed 140, Pan Atlantic University proposed 210, University of Lagos 200, Lagos State University 190, Covenant University 190, Bayero University Kano, 180.

Oloyede also disclosed that for the 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the board is introducing two new subjects: computer studies and physical and health education, bringing to a total of 25 subjects.

He said if candidates have not accepted an offer, the institution could change the candidate after informing JAMB.

On the deadline for the closure of admissions, the stakeholders resolved to allow the ministry to decide as they could not agree on the Friday, December 31, 2021, deadline for all public institutions and Monday, January 31, 2022, for all public institutions.

They also adopted the 2021 admission guidelines, which provide that all applications for part-time or full-time programmes for the degree, NCE, OND, and others must be posted only through JAMB.

The meeting approved that for Direct Entry, DE, the maximum score a candidate can present is 6 and the minimum is 2 or E, as required by law.

Speaking on other admission criteria, he said the candidate’s credentials must be uploaded on CAPS and recommended by the institution JAMB approves and the candidate accepts the offer of admission.

Also approved at the policy were the guidelines that every institution is at liberty to admit candidates based on its own minimum score approved by the institution and the policy meeting.




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