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JAMB Exempts Polytechnics From 180 Cut-off Mark Benchmark

Posted: Jul 26, 2015 at 6:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh, Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said irrespective of the cut-off marks of 180 it had set for universities and 150 for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, individual tertiary institutions were at liberty to shore up their entry points.

The Board however said the institutions were not permitted to go below the set cut-off points, as it was to serve as benchmark to set the tone for 2015 admission exercise.

JAMB’s Head Media and Publicity, Fabian Benjamin made the clarification on Sunday, July 26, 2015 in Abuja, in view of controversy already trailing the recent released cut-off points.

He said: “The decision to have a national accepted cut-off mark at policy meeting was to serve as a guide and pruning mechanism to give the tertiary institutions qualitative and manageable candidates to choose from a pool of candidates desirous of tertiary education.

“However, universities and other levels of tertiary institutions are at liberty to go higher, but not lower, depending on their peculiarities and the performance of candidates that choose them.

“Universities are centres of excellence anywhere in the world and ours should not be an exception. The policy witnessed in University of Lagos is aimed at ensuring that our universities admit only the top best as done globally.

“The Joint Admissions and  Matriculation Board is working round the clock to ensure that Nigerian universities are among the best in Africa and perhaps the world in the next ranking and to also utilise the available spaces  and  admit more candidates  bearing in mind the admission criteria of various needy institutions”.