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    UTME: Fix Your Cut-Off Marks, JAMB Tells Varsities, Others

    The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday cancelled general cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions, and gave freedom to respective institutions to set their individual minimum benchmark for admission.

    The Board took the decision at the 2021 policy meeting, which was held virtually and chaired by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

    Speaking during the meeting, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said some universities, such as University of Maiduguri, proposed 150 cut-off mark; Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto proposed 140; Pan Atlantic University proposed 210; University of Lagos, 200; Lagos State University, 190; Covenant University, 190; and Bayero University, Kano, 180.

    The stakeholders also approved October 29, 2021, as deadline for the closure of amendments for 2021 admissions.

    On the deadline for the closure of admissions, the stakeholders resolved to allow the ministry to decide, as they could not agree on the December 31, 2021, deadline for all public institutions, and January 31, 2022, for all public institutions.

    The stakeholders also adopted the 2021 admission guidelines, which provide that all applications for part time or full time programmes for degree, NCE, OND, and others must be posted only through JAMB.

    The meeting approved that for Direct Entry (DE), the maximum score a candidate can present is six and the minimum is two or E as required by law.

    Speaking on other admission criteria, he said the candidate’s credentials must be uploaded on CAPS and recommended by the institution, while JAMB approves and the candidate accepts the offer of admission.

    The JAMB boss said if candidates haven’t accepted an offer, the institution can change the candidate after informing JAMB.

    Also approved at the policy were the guidelines that every institution is at liberty to admit candidates based on its own minimum score approved by the institution and the policy meeting.

    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 will be conducted only through CAPS, no institution is allowed to admit candidates without uploading their details on CAPS.

    Oloyede further disclosed that for 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.

    While saying there are many admission spaces that have not been filled up in several courses due to lack of qualified candidates, he said private universities in the country were only able to admit 36,381 candidates out of the 120,938 spaces available to them.

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

    Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, the minister said the use of NIN drastically reduced malpractice in the 2021 examinations, adding that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) will also follow similar path by adopting mandatory use of NIN.

    On illegal admissions being conducted by some tertiary institutions, the minister expressed concerns that the government’s directive that all admissions should be done through JAMB’s Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) is being violated.

    He directed JAMB to furnish the government with the list of affected institutions for necessary punishments.

    President Muhammadu Buhari had on April 13, 2021, inaugurated the visitation panels of 38 federal universities, four inter-university centres, 25 polytechnics and 21 Colleges of Education to review the performance of institutions.

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