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Unilag Pegs Cut-Off Mark At 200, Rejects Underage Candidates

Posted: Jul 27, 2016 at 1:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


As a follow-up to the proscription of Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) screening examination by the Minister of Education, Malam Aminu Aminu, authority of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced 200 as cut-off mark for admission into the institution.

This is coming against 180 approved by the minister as benchmark for admission of candidates into courses and programmes in Nigerian universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other tertiary higher degree awarding institutions.

The institution, in a release issued and signed by the Deputy Registrar, Information, Mr. Toyin Adebule, explained that the exercise for admission of students into all courses and programmes for the 2016/2017 academic year will commence from 3rd to 24th August, 2016.

According to the release eligible candidates for the modified screening must be holders of five credits in the Senior Secondary School Examination, relevant ordinary level results that must include English Language and Mathematics.

“Candidates that made University of Lagos first choice in the 2016 UTME and scored 200 or above are eligible for the screening.

“In addition, candidates must possess five (5) credit passes at one sitting in relevant O/level subjects including English Language and Mathematics,” the statement added.

However, the institution warned that prospective students: “Who will not be sixteen (16) years of age by 31st October, 2016 are not eligible and need not apply.

It added that, “Candidates who are awaiting results are also eligible to apply for the screening. Such candidates will be allowed to upload their results when they are released only if they applied within the specified period.

It advised candidates to check the University website for the specified period.

It will be recalled that the Minister of Education had contended that government abolished Post-UTME to enable JAMB concentrate on quality admission examination for entry into institutions of higher learning.

Prior to this time, to gain admission into most universities, prospective candidates are required to score above credit level pass in at least 5 subjects which must include Mathematics and English in the West African Examination Council (WAEC), O level examination in relevant subjects.

After passing the O level, the candidate then sit for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s (JAMB) organised UTME in which candidates are expected to meet a particular cut-off mark before he/she is considered to write the post-UTME test, the cut off mark for most universities in Nigeria averages 200 marks out of 400.

Thereafter, the candidate is later subjected to another round of exams (post-UTME) by the different universities.

On the contrary, in Ghana, all a candidate requires to gain admission into their universities is just credit passes in at least five subjects in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination.

Oyeniran Apata,