JAMB Reacts To Low Minimum Cut-Off Marks Controversy

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has defended the pegging of 120 as minimum cut-off marks for students seeking admission into Nigerian universities.

The decision, reached at a stakeholders’ policy meeting in Abuja, has generated controversy with many universities rejecting the marks.

But JAMB’s Head of Information Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement in Abuja, said:
“The much trending controversy over the just released cut off marks for 2017 admission exercise by stakeholders at the policy meeting is quite unnecessary.

“All Heads of tertiary institutions were requested to submit their cut off benchmark to the board which will then be used for the admission. And these benchmarks once determined cannot be changed in the middle of admission exercise.

“Again, it is necessary to explain that the 120 mark does not in any way suggest that once you have 120 then admission is sure for you. Institutions will admit from the top to the least mark.

“We are now starting the actually monitoring of adherence to admissions guide lines, cut off marks inclusive. The cut off marks being branded by the public as previous cut off marks were never strictly followed by most institutions.

“The board will equally ensure that it correct all anomalies existing, especially as regards the powers of institutions to make pronouncements on admissions and other related matters affecting the institutions.”

According to him, institutions in the past went behind to admit candidates with less cut-off marks, while also accusing some institutions of admitting candidates without JAMB results.