JAMB Reduces Cut-Off Marks From 180 to 100 For 2017/2018 Admission and Reinstated Post-UTME


The outcome of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) policy meeting with most of the Vice chancellors, Rectors, Provosts and Registrars of tertiary intuitions on Tuesday 22nd August; 2017 at National judicial institutes, Abuja brought about a reduced in JAMB cut-off mark for candidates who seek for admission into different tertiary institution across the country.

At the meeting, the examination body presented to the schools heads the new cut-off point to be 120 as the minimum mark for degree awarding institutions, 100 as the minimum mark for Polytechnics. While the highest at which an institution can fix is 180, this is also applicable to colleges of Education but the admission cut-off mark for innovative Enterprise intuitions ranges is between 110-120.

The floor was open for the heads of institutions present at the meeting to deliberate upon.

on the final analysis, they agreed on the marks.

The registrar of the examination body (JAMB) Prof. Isaiq Oloyede, said “the newly agreed marks would over-ride the previous marks submitted by the institutions. He warned that JAMB Board would not accept nor allow any institution to offer admission to any candidate below the ratified marks.

The reduction in the 2017/2018 admission cut-off marks is not to cause any danger for education standard neither does it mean a fall in education standard in the country he said. The registrar of the examination body also made known that Oct 15th 2017 will end the decisions on first choice candidates by universities while Dec 15th, 2017 would end the second choice candidates; there after the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till January closing date.

He said “we should not be sentimental in fixing our cut-off mark; we need not over-dramatise issue of cut-off mark.

He further discloses that the CAPS (Central Admission Processing System) would be used to streamline admission process among institutions, as it addresses challenges associated with the former approach.

Finally, Prof. Oloyede mentioned that the minister of Education Adams Adam has re-accepted the conduct of Post-UTME as a prerequisite for admission into tertiary institution.

According to him the cancellation of Post-UTME was a mistake urging JAMB to ensure that fee for the examination should not exceed #2,000.

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