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JAMB Sets 180 Cut-Off Point for Varsities, 150 for Polys, COEs

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 3:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh,Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) has pegged minimum entry requirement for admissions into Nigerian Universities for the 2015/16 academic year at 180.

While that of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education,including national innovation diploma awarding institutions are to admit undergraduate students with a minimum of 150 points.

The decision was arrived at on, Tuesday in Abuja,after the sixth combined policy meeting on admissions to degree,Nigeria Certificate in Education,National Diploma and National Innovation Diploma-awarding institutions.

Stakeholders at the meeting also agreed on the admission quota for the 2015/16 academic year, approving a 60-40 ratio for science and arts related programmes in all Universities, while a ratio of 70-30 goes for technology and non-technology related courses in the Polytechnics.

Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of JAMB,Dibu Ojerinde cautioned tertiary institutions against flaunting admissions regularization process, saying with effect from the current academic session,the Board would sanction defaulters who seek for regularisation of admissions.

In a power-point presentation at the meeting,Ojerinde said a total of 1,436,867 candidates,representing 97.38 percent applied for degree awarding institutions as first choice preference.

While candidates course preference for National Certificate in Education(NCE) stood at 18,341,representing 1.24percent.

The 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) cumulative performance statistics of candidates also released by JAMB indicated that 455,639 candidates scored 200 and above.

Those who scored 190-199 stood at 207,720 while those below 160 were just 122,091 candidates.

For the 2015 admission year,University of Ilorin topped the first choice university for applicants with 7.12percent,this was closely followed by University of Benin coming second with 4.83percent.

Federal Polytechnic,Offa topped most preferred polytechnic with 0.15percent,followed by Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic,Ikot-Osurua with 0.11percent.

Meanwhile,Permanent Secretary,Ministry of Education,MacJohn Nwaobiala lauded the Board for Computer-Based Test innovation,noting that the Federal Government would continue to support the examination agency to sustain the gains achieved so far.

He said tertiary institutions must adhere strictly to the admission guild lines and quota already approved for the system to progress hitch free.