FG orders JAMB to stop using cut-off mark

Professor Anthony Anwuka who is the minister of state for education, has ordered the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to consult with relevant stakeholders and come up with appropriate cut-off marks for admission into various courses in the tertiary institutions.


News report had it that the plan to abolish blanket cut-off mark of 180 for admission is to put an end to the situation where some institutions have more candidates than they can admit while other institutions do not have enough.Professor Anthony also ordered that all admission slots not taken up be advertised so that candidates and parents could be aware, to enable them to take the slots.

He made this known at his meeting with JAMB and heads of the 21 other parastatals under the ministry of education yesterday, November 21 in Abuja.

According to the minister, the current situation lacks fairness, equity and logic. He added that it does not make any sense subjecting candidates who are seeking admission into higher institutions the same cut-off marks when the duration and contents of their courses are different.

Also,the government has plans to also remove mathematics as admission requirement for those seeking to study courses such as law, English and French.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, the head of media and information, speaking to the News men,in Lagos said the exam body would no longer use scratch cards,he also advised intending candidates to get familiar with the new approach.

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