Minister reveals why Nigerian government lifted ban on post-UTME

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 24, 2017

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has explained why government lifted the ban on Post-UTME conducted by universities for successful Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, candidates.

The minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria was pegged at 120, polytechnics and colleges of education at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.

This was the fallout of the policy committee meeting the board had with stakeholders in education sector, Monday, in Abuja.

We need not over-dramatise issue of cut-off marks."Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who presided over the meeting, admitted acting in error in previous year when he placed a ban on the conduct of post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) by tertiary education institutions in the country".

180 cut-off mark was adopted past year.

He added that individual institutions could raise their admission benchmark higher but not above 180 and below 120 for universities.

"Rather what you should seem to do is to conduct an aptitude test and the fee from the exercise must not exceed N2,000 and the exercise itself must be corruption free".

He said the ban by the Federal Government was a mistake.

He told the vice chancellors, Rectors and Provosts that it was not the intention of the founding fathers of JAMB to usurp the powers of the Senates of the various institutions and advised each university to adopt flexible cut-off marks so as to attract more students.

Adamu appealed to the national assembly to pass into law a bill seeking to remove the dichotomy between degree and HND holders.

He commended the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Oloyede, for transparency and accountability introduced by his leadership into the Board, saying the JAMB was able to remit over N5billion into the Federation Account, the figure, he said was far more than what the Board had remitted into the Federation Account since establishment of the agency years ago.

"We restate our commitment to ensure expansion of access to students in our institutions", he said. He advocated for a dynamic educational policy to facilitate admissions.

"We should not be sentimental in fixing our cut-off mark, we need not over dramatise the issue of cut off mark", he said.

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