JAMB Makes Things Easier For Admission Seekers, Introduces Flexible Cut-Off Marks
By Midas Okoro, S’South/S’East Senior Correspondent (who was in Owerri)
THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has introduced flexible cut-off marks to expand admissions to tertiary institutions of learning in the country.
Registrar of the Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede stated this on Monday at the second technical committee meeting on “2016 Admissions to Tertiary Institutions” held at the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri.
According to the Registrar, the meeting was principally aimed at finding solution to the army of admission seekers who were admitted in the first batch. “The purpose of today’s meeting is essentially to consider admissions of our teeming applicants who were not considered during the first exercise. Your Excellency, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, kindly recall that at the two (2) previous meetings in Kano and Abuja, I stated that the Board would cooperate with the various institutions in carrying out the mandates of their respective Senates and Academic Boards on admission matters. Therefore, the Board would not impose candidates on them but, as a referee, would ensure that no applicant is unjustifiably denied the opportunity of access to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”
This introduction, the Registrar said has received the blessings of the Education Minister and other education stakeholders across the country. “In this respect, we should be seen in a conspicuous and proven manner that we have the interest of the nation in mind in carrying out our statutory functions. I am pleased to note that we adhered to all the decisions reached at the 2016-Policy Meeting chaired by our effective and efficient Honorable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu,
“… expected of any responsible institution under a national dispensation that is uncompromisingly averse to corruption and lack of transparency, no review of any policy will be selective, sectional or an under the table-deal.” On the controversial minimum cut-off mark for admission into tertiary institution, Oloyede said time had come to review same; noting that uniformity across board should not be encouraged, arguing that since the various institutions award different categories of certificates; same cut-off mark is untenable. His words: “Let me in this connection, address the issue of the minimum national cut-off mark which is normally decided at the Policy Meetings. By way of information, the Policy Meeting is one that comprises the Honourable Minister of Education as the Chairman, the Heads of Regulatory Bodies in the Education Sector such as NUC, NBTE, NABTEB, NCCE, the Heads of Tertiary Institutions, the Board and other Stakeholders. It was at this meeting that a decision of 180 as the 2016 National cut-off mark was reached. However, many Institutions, though part of the decision, have expressed concern on their inability to effect this cut-off mark as they are finding it difficult to fill a reasonable percentage of their quota if the rule is strictly applied ….”