It is no longer a news that the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) has scrapped the general cut-off mark (usually 180), as a requirement for students to gain admission into the University this year.
Each University will decide their own cut-off maks, and the cut-off mark will be a combination of scores from Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) score, University minimum score, Senior school Certificate examinations (SSCE) and practical as applicable
This was disclosed during the "2021 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions In Nigeria", which was held on Tuesday August 31 2021.
JAMB abolishes the general cut-off mark this year, as a result of the massive failures recorded nationwide amongst the secondary school students, in the recently concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
However, JAMB abolishing the general cut-off mark this year will cause more problem, because students who have high scores in UTME may ended up not having Admission, due to the alleged corruption in the eduction sector in Nigeria.
A case study was in 2016, when Ministry of Education scrapped Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME), and directed universities to use only UTME score to assess and give admission to applicants. Unfortunately most applicants with high UTME scores ended up not gaining admission without any concrete reason, which prompted the return of Post-UTME the following year.
In my opinion JAMB should only reduce the general cut-off mark, as abolishing the cut-off mark will only lead to more problems, because a lot of people can easily bribe their way into the University and those who merited the admission may ended up not gaining admission.
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