JAMB Does Not Decide Uniform Cut-Off Mark

Many applicants have erroneously believed that JAMB does set uniform UTME cut-off mark for all the tertiary institutions in Nigeria. In the Bulletin released on 24th July 2024, the Board clarified the errors in this kind of belief. Below is the response of JAMB to the issue.

“There is nothing like a uniform minimum national Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) score for any of the tiers of tertiary institutions and neither does the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) decide any such requirement for any institution.”

“The Board does not and has never determined any uniform national UTME scores otherwise known as “cut-off”mark by the general public for any tertiary institution because, in actual sense, there are no uniform national UTME scores.”

“The lucid process of admission which some sections of the public occasionally expound is the exact process being followed in the conduct of admission exercise to tertiary institutions in the country.”

“This process has even been improved upon with the elimination of human interference through its full automation with the introduction of the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS).”

“For the purpose of emphasis, the Board conducts the UMTE and hands over the results to institutions for the conduct of admissions. However, before the admission exercise commences a policy meeting is held with all the Heads of the Institutions in attendance and chaired by the Hon. Minister of Education.”

“At this meeting, the admission guidelines, which include recommendations from individual institutions and their preferred minimum admission scores, are presented and deliberated upon at the meeting and not JAMB as erroneously portrayed by some section of the public, because JAMB is only a member out of over a thousand participants at the meeting. Prior to the meeting, for instance, more than 50% of the universities would have submitted in writing their minimum scores of 200 and above to the Board for presentation to the meeting for the purpose of deliberation. The same applied to the other tiers of tertiary institutions. The implication of this process is that no institution would be able to admit any candidate with any score below what they had submitted as their minimum score.”

“Perhaps, it is also apt to address the series of misconceptions as to what is generally described as a “uniform minimum national UTME score” for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria entails. For some time now, many candidates and some members of the general public have been under the erroneous impression that there is a minimum national UTME score set by the Board, which they also refer to as “cut-off point”. The truth is that there is nothing like a national minimum UTME score for all Universities, Polytechnics, or Colleges of Education in Nigeria as it is only individual institutions that set their minimum entry scores based on their peculiarities.”

“The Board has no role whatsoever in the decision of the institutions to determine how or with what criteria they want to admit. The role of the Board is to ensure that the goalpost is not shifted in the middle of the game. Furthermore, in most cases, the UTME score is not the sole determinant of placement of candidates into tertiary institutions.”

“As such, the undue attention to the so-called national minimum UTME score (UTME cut-off point) is a major conception of many ill-informed candidates who assume that they have finally attained the benchmark having achieved the so-called minimum national score or “cut-off point’ for admission. It is, therefore, a double jeopardy for many candidates who subscribed to the popular myth of a uniform UTME score (cut-off) for all Universities, Polytechnics, or Colleges of Education in Nigeria.”

Bolarinwa Olajire

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