JAMB Announces Cut-off Mark for 2020 Admissions

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 17 – The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, has announced 160 and above as the national minimum benchmark for 2020 admissions into public universities.

This was announced by JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, in a presentation during the 20th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions which held virtually on Tuesday.

Oloyede said that 120 and above have been approved as cut-off marks into Polytechnics and 100 and above for both Colleges of Education and Innovation Enterprise Institutions.

He explained that the decision was taken after each of the Institutions had voted and prescribed minimum cut off marks for their schools.

He maintained that no university would be allowed to admit a candidate if he or she has scored less than 160 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The same applies to Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

The registrar also stated that every institution will have what it prescribed for itself except for those who prescribed lower marks and have to come up above the minimum mark

According to Oloyede,”Nobody can admit a candidate with a score less than what the institution prescribed. That is, those who voted for 210 can maintain the figure and not 209 or anything below 210.

”All those who prescribed less than 160 for universities cannot be accepted but 160 and above and the same goes for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

”Also, that is not the only thing that would be taken for admission, some would conduct post UTME and other physical assessments and that will be added to it to determine the cut-off mark,” he said.

Oloyede further stated that there would be no admissions outside the board’s Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS).

According to him, any institution that violates the decisions as agreed at the policy meeting would be sanctioned.

In his speech, the registrar stated that only 1,157,977 candidates had the required five credits with English Language and Mathematics that sat for the UTME held in 2019.

He further urged tertiary institution heads not to increase admission screening charges above N2000.

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