Finally, JAMB Jettisons Uniform Cut-Off Marks

JAMB has adopted the minimum cut-off marks for 2021/2022 admissions sent by heads of tertiary institutions across the country. The adoption signifies that there will be no uniform cut-off marks for 2021/2022 admissions, as was done in the past. Every institution is expected to maintain its minimum score during the admissions.

These are some of the decisions taken at the meeting, held virtually, and chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, at the headquarters of JAMB in Bwari, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, displayed the minimum cut-off marks adopted by tertiary institutions at the meeting.

The University of Maiduguri proposed 150; Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, proposed 140; Pan-Atlantic University proposed 210; University of Lagos (UNILAG), 200; Lagos State University (LASU), 190; Covenant University, Ota, 190; and Bayero University, Kano (BUK), 180. According to the new arrangement, universities are not allowed to go below 120, while polytechnics and colleges of education pegged their minimum cut-off points for admission at 100.

The stakeholders approved October 29, 2021, as deadline for the closure of amendments to 2021 admissions. At yesterday’s policy meeting, stakeholders resolved to allow the Federal Ministry of Education to decide on the deadline for closure of 2022 admissions as they could not agree on the December 31, 2021, deadline for all public institutions and January 31, 2022, for all private institutions.

In the same vein JAMB has pegged the fee for post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) at N2,000. Oloyede warned the institutions not to go beyond the N2,000 pegged as Post-UTME fee. He said: “Nobody should charge more than N2,000. The total gross is N2,000. It is not allowed by institutions to allow candidates to procure administrative charges.

“No institution is allowed to capture or demand any result upload. It is the one that we upload on caps that we will send to all of you. The biometrics supplied by JAMB should be used for the exercise.”

Also approved at the policy meeting were the guidelines for the higher institutions to use for admitting candidates based on their minimum scores approved by such institutions and the policy meeting. Stakeholders at the meeting exempted prison inmates, visually impaired and foreign candidates from sitting for post-UTME exercise.

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