It has been revealed that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board may cancel the use of uniform cut-off points for admitting candidates that took the Universities Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

It has been revealed that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board may cancel the use of uniform cut-off points for admitting candidates that took the Universities Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

It has been revealed that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board may cancel the use of uniform cut-off points for admitting candidates that took the Universities Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The Spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin was the one who said it.

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.

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