Good News?: FG dumps Post-UTME, instates new cut-off mark


The Federal Government has on Thursday announced the termination of Post UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination), even as it pegged the minimum cut off mark for tertiary institutions in the country at 180.

Speaking at the 2016 policy meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on behalf of the federal government, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated that tertiary institutions were at liberty to screen applicants, but stressed against subjecting them to a second examination process.

He said: “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.”

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination.

“If the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it.

“I believe there should be no ground to lower the quality; November. 30 remains the closing date for 2016 admission. No institution should exceed its quota in admission; we will start issuing penalties to defaulting institutions.”

Adamu also warned JAMB to stop extra charges for change of course, change of school, among others.

Also speaking at the meeting, the JAMB registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, confirmed 180 as the minimum cut off mark for tertiary institutions in country.

His words: “One-hundred-and-eighty is given and no institution will go below 180 this year; some universities can go above it, I know Obafemi Awolowo University of Ife, will not go below 200 and University of Lagos will not go below 200, and also University of Ibadan. All these ones stand. But 180 is a bench mark for others.”


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