The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), after 43 years, have scrapped the general cut-off marks for admission into higher institutions in Nigeria.
The news was announced during a board virtual policy meeting chaired by Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education.
The board, established in 1978, said institutions will start setting their individual minimum benchmarks for admission.
JAMB’s registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, who spoke at the meeting, said different higher institutions across the nations have chosen different cut-off marks for its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
“Some universities such as University of Maiduguri proposed 150, Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto proposed 140, Pan Atlantic University proposed 210, University of Lagos 200, Lagos State University 190,” he said.
“Covenant University 190, Bayero University Kano, 180. Institutions have now been given the liberty to decide cut-off marks;there will be no cut-off from JAMB.”
The board also agreed that the maximum score a candidate can present for direct entry (DE) is 6 and the minimum is 2 or E.
Reports say the stakeholders have decided to allow the education ministry choose the deadline for closing admissions after they couldn’t agree on December 31 for all public institutions and January 31, 2022, for privates.
As in the 2021 guidelines, all applications for part-time or full-time NCE, OND, and others programmes are to be posted only through JAMB.
JAMB, in year 2020, chose 160 as the minimum cut-off mark for universities, 120 for polytechnics, and 100 for colleges of education.