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14 Jun, 2010
14 Jun, 2010
Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Thursday released the cut-off mark for admission into all cadres of tertiary institutions in the country, pegging the figure at 180 across board.
Federal Government also directed the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board to produce data on states that are educationally less developed with a view to easily identifying them and according high priority to them.
Minister of Education Professor Ruqqayatu Rufa’i gave the pronouncement yesterday at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission (NUC), at the first combined policy committee meeting on admission to degree awarding institutions.
She urged the institutional heads to adhere strictly to guidelines particularly on issues relating to merit, quota system, educationally less developed states and catchment areas.
Rufai said: “In Nigeria’s quest to build the human capital for an industrial and knowledge based economy, we must not forget the carrying capacity of our institutions as pronounced by the National Universities Commission, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
“Special attention should be given to the 60:40 science/arts ratio (for the Universities and colleges of education), 70:30 technology/non technology ratio (for Polytechnics and specialized institutions)
Her words: “We have met with the Vice- Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts, and discussed the issue of the cut-off mark for this year’s JAMB / UTME and then we agreed on 180 as cut-off mark since it is a unified examination we agreed that it is uniformed for polytechnics, colleges of education as well as universities”
Chairman, Governing Board of JAMB, Sam Ukpabi maintained that the UTME, a new examination system introduced by the board has come to stay.
He noted that UTME began on a strong footing on account of speedy release of just concluded results, explaining that the UTME was a product of the road map to education developed by the immediate past Minister of Education, Dr. Sam Egwu which was approved by the Federal Executive Council.
The Board Chairman noted that the UTME was introduced with a view to address the challenges of limited space in the nation’s universities saying “from all indications, the Unified Tertiary Matriculation has come to stay”
According to him, all tertiary institutions across the country are now poised to conduct admissions following the speedy release of the examination results noting that six levels of admission would be conducted simultaneously.
He however, appealed to all the institutions to adhere strictly to entry requirements as documented in the Board’s brochure and comply strictly with admissions schedules expected to be released at the end of the meeting.
“Institutions should ensure compliance with approved admission guidelines, bearing in mind such criteria as merit, catchment areas, educationally less privileged states, quotas, carrying capacity and national cut off mark.