2021 Admission: JAMB empowers schools to decide cut-off mark

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday has directed tertiary institutions in the country to decide their minimum cut-off mark for admission.

This is unlike previous years where the body usually stipulates a minimum benchmark such as 180 for universities.

The latest decision of the board was announced at the 2021 policy meeting which was held virtually and chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

Speaking during the meeting, the Registrar of JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede said, “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, 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.”

On the deadline for the closure of admissions, the stakeholders resolved to allow the ministry to decide as they could not agree on the December 31, 2021, deadline for all public institutions and January 31, 2022, for all private institutions.

Stakeholders also adopted the 2021 admission guidelines, which provide that all applications for part-time or full-time programmes for degree, NCE, OND, and others must be posted only through JAMB.

The meeting approved that for Direct Entry, the maximum score a candidate can present is 6 and the minimum is 2 or E, as required by law.

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