Sunday 23 October 2016

Just In: JAMB set to scrap general cut-offs for UTME

JAMB has said that it may cancel the use of general
cut-off marks for candidates of the UTME
The examination body says the cut-off marks are
currently being subjected to debates
JAMB says it is no longer feasible to have all tertiary
institutions have the same admission cut-off marks
The uniform cut-off points for admitting candidates that
took the Universities Tertiary Matriculation Examination
may be canceled, says the Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The issue of cut-off marks as currently being used for
admission, it said, should be subjected to national debate
by stakeholders.
The spokesperson of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, gave the
indication in a statement he issued on behalf of its
Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, on Sunday
evening in Abuja.

He said a situation where universities, polytechnics and
colleges of education were subjected to the same cut-off
marks was no longer tenable because it prevented the
institutions from admitting candidates of their choice.
Tertiary institutions, he sated, should be allowed to
determine the kind of candidates they want to admit.
He added that there was an urgent need to reconsider the
current cut-off point of 180 for admission in order to
strengthen access to education, particularly for the less-privileged.

Benjamin said: “The uniformity of cut-off marks doesn’t
make any sense when colleges (of education) and
polytechnics admit for national certificate of education and
diplomas, while universities admit for degrees.
Yet, we subject them to the same cut-off marks, thereby
starving these tiers of institutions from admitting
candidates who, if not engaged, may likely become easy
prey to social vices.

“This means that if a University wants 250 as minimum
cut-off marks, why not? And if another wants less so be it.
If a Polytechnic like YABATECH (Yaba College of
Technology) wants 250 as cut-off marks, let them admit
and if Gboko Polytechnic in Benue State where I come from
wants less than 200, let them admit.

“Institutions should be known for their individual quality and
not collective standards. This will foster positive
competition for the overall good of our tertiary institutions.

It is critical for all notable stakeholders to rethink the issue
of cut-off marks.
“I am calling for a national debate on the propriety of cut off
marks; institutions should be allowed to determine the kind
of candidates they want.”
JAMB also expressed worry over the class opportunities as
it affects the distribution of admission resources.

The organisation said, “The rich have multiple opportunities
which include going abroad for studies while the poor only
have the opportunity of struggling for the scarce spaces
“They come back and they are integrated while the poor
can’t afford it and are forever denied the opportunity of
education. Let institutions admit what they want according
to their needs.”

JAMB urged Nigerians to look at the decision critically for
it to take action that would be for the good of the
education sector, The Punch reports.
In the same vein, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of
the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB),
has revealed that they have scrapped the use of scratch
cards for any transactions and services.

The reason given for the scrapping was that it was archaic
and subject to fraud. On another note, the registrar, also
demanded that the federal government should revert to
the former system where serving vice chancellors of
universities were made chairmen of the governing board
of JAMB.

Dr Fabian Benjamin the spokesperson for JAMB, said, the
decision to scrap the use of scratch cards was
announced by the registrar in Abuja in a paper he
delivered during a meeting of the association of vice
chancellors of Nigerian universities.
In line of the scratch cards, the platform of pin vending
will be used, in order to check all forms of fraudulent
practices which was prevalent with the use of scratch

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, October 13,
extended the validity period of the Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board (JAMB), Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination (UTME) to three years against the present one year.

The extension was sequel to the amendment of the Act
establishing the JAMB and it scaled through third reading
To this end, results obtained from the board by candidates seeking admission into universities are expected to last for three years.

The Senate adopted the recommendation that the UTME
examination should have a validity period of three years
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