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Cut-off marks: JAMB approves 160 for public universities,140 for private

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THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has approved 160 of 400 as the minimum score in securing admission into any government universities, but 140  was approved for private.

The cut off marks for the 2019/2020 admission exercise was announced during the 19th policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions on Tuesday in Osun State. The policy meeting was presided by Jamb registrar Isaq Oloyede, others present were vice chancellor of universities, rectors of polytechnics and provost of colleges of education.

During the meeting, the board also set 120 cut-off marks for public polytechnics and 110 for private polytechnics. For colleges of education, 100 was fixed as the cut-off marks.

Jamb also declared December 19 as the final day to end the issuance of admission into public universities. For private ones, Jamb approved February 15, 2020, for the close of admission.

Speaking on the decision, Oloyede said the fixed cut-off marks was a consensus between the institutions and stakeholders present at the meeting.

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He added that admission into all universities would be conducted on the central admission processing system (CAPS). While he included that no institution should admit below the cut=off marks.

“Institutions cannot fix cut-off marks below what the stakeholders decided at the policy meeting, he said”.

Joel Ojo, Director of tertiary institutions of the Federal Ministry of Education said in his remarks that the outcome of a recent investigation of the UTME registration of candidates carried out by the JAMB Admissions was a pointer that the examination industry requires a review.

Ojo said JAMB Policy Meeting remains the acceptable forum where plans and programmes for admissions are discussed and approved to guide the placement of qualified candidates to tertiary institutions.

For the 2018/2019 admission exercise, the cutoff marks for all universities was pegged at 140 marks of a total of 400.

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