The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says 160 has been approved as the national minimum benchmark for admission into public universities.
Concise News learned that this decision was reached at the 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria on Tuesday in Osun state, southwest Nigeria.
Also approved was 120 cut-off mark for public polytechnics and 110 for private polytechnics, while 100 was approved as the cut-off mark for colleges of education.
The meeting, which had Vice Chancellors of universities, Rectors of Polytechnics and Provost of colleges of education, was presided over by JAMB Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.
It was also learned that December 19 was approved as date for close of admission into public universities and February 15, 2020 for private universities.
But Professor Oloyede said that admission into all universities would be conducted on Central Admission Processing System.
According to him, JAMB was not responsible for the fixing of cut-off marks for tertiary institutions but rather a consensus between the institutions and stakeholders at the policy meeting.
He also said that institutions cannot fix cut-off marks below what the stakeholders decided at the policy meeting.
Spokesman for JAMB Dr. Fabian Benjamin had earlier advised candidates who sat the 2019 UTME to disregard any cut-off mark being peddled by fraudsters, describing it as “fake.”