Just In: JAMB cancels UTME cut-off marks

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), has cancelled the traditional national cut-off marks for admissions into Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education in the country.

This means that institutions are now at liberty to set their minimum benchmark for admissions into their various institutions as approved, on Tuesday, at the 2021 policy meeting on administrations to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The policy meeting which was held virtually was presided over by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education Arc. Sonny Echono.

The cancellation of the national cut-off marks was adopted by stakeholders at the meeting including Vice-Chancellors, Provost and Rectors, among others.

Speaking during the meeting, the Registrar of JAMB Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said some universities such as the University of Maiduguri proposed 150, Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto proposed 140, Pan Atlantic University proposed 210, University of Lagos 200, Lagos State University190, Covenant University190, Bayero University Kano, 180.

The meeting also resolved that every institution should maintain its own minimum score as approved by the policy meeting.

According to the stakeholders, the 2021 admissions would be conducted only through CAPS, no institution is allowed to admit candidates without uploading their details on CAPS.

Oloyede further disclosed that for the 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the board is introducing two new subjects: computer studies and physical and health education, bringing to a total of 25 subjects.

The stakeholders also exempted prison inmates, visually impaired and foreign candidates from sitting for post-UTME exercise.

Speaking on the 2020 admissions, Oloyede said out of the 956,809 admission spaces in the 962 higher education institutions in the country about 600,000 have so far been admitted.

Declaring the policy meeting open, Minister of Education, Adamu, commended JAMB for introducing the use of the National Identification Number, (NIN), in the registration process for UTME.

The minister said the use of NIN drastically reduced examination malpractice in the 2021 exam, adding that the West African Examination Council, (WAEC), will also follow a similar path by adopting mandatory use of NIN.

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