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OFFICIAL - JAMB Releases Cut Off Mark for 2016/2017 Admission

JAMB stakeholders have agreed to peg the minimum cut-off marks for university degree at 120 for the next academic session.

They have also agreed to make the minimum cut-off marks for polytechnics and colleges of education at 100, while the National Innovative Enterprise Institution remains at 110 marks.

These are some of the conclusions arrived at, in Abuja on Tuesday at the end of their two-day deliberations, according to the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede.

The registrar said the timeline for admission of first choice is October 15, while second choice would be December 15.

Oloyede urged the heads of the various tertiary institutions to set their modalities for admissions exercises as such are not the board’s responsibility.

He said that no candidate without O’ Level prerequisite would be offered admission.

“JAMB has a Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to aid you on the admission exercises.

“CAPS will not replace admission processes of institutions. It will enable institutions to simply communicate with JAMB in a more dynamic and timely manner.

” It will also allow for flexible cut-off marks and candidates are allowed to make their choice of institution and course,” he said.

The registrar, however, appealed to heads of institutions not to charge more than N2,000 for admissions’ processes.

He said 569,395 of the 1.7 million candidates who wrote this year’s UTME scored above 200 marks, while 23.8 per cent of the total number of the candidates scored below 160 marks.
 In his remark, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, commended the board for conducting the UTME.

According to him, the stakeholders have worked together to create synergy for advancement of education in the country.

“We restate our commitment to ensure expansion of access to students in our institutions.

“To ensure equity in regard to rural and urban areas, we are committed to refocusing our curricula to meet our development needs,” he said.

Adamu, however, advised heads of institutions to accommodate qualified candidates in the most transparent and flexible manner.

The meeting was attended by the stakeholders in both public and private tertiary institutions. (TNE)

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