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The Federal Government has mandated the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to come up with new and distinct cut-off marks for admission into institutions.

The government also directed JAMB to consult with the relevant stakeholders in doing so.
Minister of State for Education Prof. Anthony Anwukah gave the directive after a one-day meeting with chief executive officers in the ministry.
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A statement issued by the Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations), in the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, confirmed the minister’s directive.

The minister said it was wrong to subject candidates seeking admission to different higher institutions to the same cut-off marks. He further argued that the duration and contents of their courses are different.

Anwukah also approved the decision by JAMB to reduce its cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions.

According to him, the current policy of adopting 180 as the blanket cut-off point for admission lacked fairness, equity and logic.

Minister supports discriminatory cut-off marks

In the statement, “The minister is in full support of the decision of the board to introduce discriminatory cut-off marks for admissions into the institutions.”

Anwukah also ordered the examination body to publish the full list of unutilised admission slots into all tertiary institutions.

He then said it should be done on a course-by-course basis at the end of the first leg of the admission process. This, according to him, would enable students and parents take full advantage of existing admission vacancies in institutions where such exist.

Meanwhile, JAMB Registrar/Chief Executive Prof. Is-haq Oloyede believes that Nigerian universities have enough carrying capacity.

According to him, only those with 180 cut-off mark can be considered for admission. He then added that out of those who meet the criteria, a large number may not have the five credits required.