JAMB reintroduces post-UTME and reduces general cut-off mark to 120 for Varsities.”
The board also adopted 100 as the minimum cut-off mark for admission into Polytechnics and college of Education.
They stakeholders agreed that admission into first choice Universities should close on 15th October, while December 15, 2017 was set as the closing date for second choice admission by institutions.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said universities should not go below the minimum 120 cut-off point adopted by the meeting for admissions. He called for the adoption of flexible cut-off marks for admission processes by higher institutions in the country.
He said, “What JAMB has done is to recommend; we will only determine the minimum, whatever you determine as your admission cut-off mark is your decision.
“The Senate and academic boards of universities should be allowed to determine their cut-off marks.”
The registrar said the board discovered over 17,160 illegally admitted students by higher institutions, adding that the body had regularised some of them.
He said, “30 per cent of those in higher institutions do not take JAMB or have less than the cut-off marks.
“The admission process is now automated with direct involvement of the registrar of JAMB for final approval.
“We have agreed to regularise admissions that were done under the table this year. From next year, we will not accept anything like that.”
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, described as a mistake the Federal Government’s ban on tests conducted by universities after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations.
He explained that post-UTME was banned because it had become an avenue for corruption.
Adamu however encouraged higher institutions to conduct aptitude tests for candidates seeking admission and pegged the fee for the test/Post UTME screening at Two thousand naira (N2,000.00) only.
All tertiary institutions in Nigeria have fixed their 2017 official JAMB cut-off marks. This followed the directive gave by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB at its last policy meeting.
As decided by the Senate and management of each institution, the 2018 admission cut-off marks for all institutions are as follows