​The Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board (JAMB)

and tertiary education

stakeholders on Thursday in

Abuja adopted 180 as the cut-

off mark for 2016 admission

into universities, polytechnics

and colleges of education.

The decision was reached at

the 2016 Combined Policy

Meeting on Admissions to

Degree, Nigerian Certificate

of Education (NCE) and

National Diploma (ND)

chaired by the Minister of

Education, Adamu Adamu.

In his opening remark, Mr.

Adamu said if there was

confidence in JAMB’s conduct

of the University Tertiary

Matriculation Examinations

(UTME), there should be no

need for post-UTME.

The post-UTME is organised

by various tertiary

institutions to screen

candidates who applied to

such institutions and who

had scaled through JAMB’s

UTME.

“If the universities have

problem with what JAMB is

doing, they should come

forward with it and we will

address it.

“JAMB is one of the most

active parastatals in the

ministry; I expect that

policies that would be

beneficial to Nigerian

students should be discussed

at this meeting.

“I believe there should be no

ground to lower the quality;

Nov. 30 remains the closing

date for 2016 admission.

“No institution should exceed

its quota in admission; we

will start issuing penalties to

defaulting institutions.’’

Mr. Adamu urged JAMB to provide

permanent scratch cards for candidates

per session so that they do not need to

buy new cards to effect changes or

corrections.

In his speech, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu

Ojerinde, said the screening of

candidates at institution level would no

longer be written examinations.

He said that the 180 cut-off mark was

the minimum benchmark as different

institutions could modify according to

their specifications, capacity and other

variables.

Mr. Ojerinde said more candidates

performed better in 2016 than in 2015.

The JAMB boss said that Imo state

retained its position as the state with the

highest number of candidates while FCT

had the least number.

He said there was also a significant

reduction in irregularities because of the

introduction of the Computer-Based Test

(CBT).

Earlier, Monday Joshua, the Executive

Secretary, National Commission for

Colleges of Education, said that whatever

cut-off mark adopted for universities

should also apply to colleges of

education.

Prof. Joshua urged universities to carry

out their admission processes early

enough in order to release students who

could not secure admissions to

universities to fall back to other

institutions.

However, Joe Ahaneku, the Vice-

Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University,

Awka, argued that post-UTME was vital

for quality assurance and maintenance

of standard.

He said that his institution arrested 183

impersonators during its 2015 post-

UTME, who were able to evade JAMB’s

UTME.

No fewer than 1.5 million candidates sat

for the 2016 UTME.

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