Monday, 24 October 2016

JAMB set to scrap cut-off marks



The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has called for a national debate on the propriety of cut off marks.
The move seeks to allow institutions select the candidates they preferred.
JAMB Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in a statement yesterday explained that such change would be possible with the ongoing reforms in the establishment.
It noted that the uniformity of cut of marks did not in any way make sense when Colleges and Polytechnics admit for NCE and Diplomas.

The exam body, which has scrapped the use of scratch cards for transactions, said the universities on the other hand, admitted for degrees and yet all candidates were subjected to the same cut off marks.
JAMB expressed worries over class opportunities as it affected the distribution of admission resources, noting that the rich had multiple opportunities including going abroad for studies.
It said children of the rich also participated in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and if they do not get the required cut-off marks, they proceeded abroad to further their studies.
“Let institutions admit what they want according to their needs. This means that if a university wants 250 as minimum cut off marks, why not let it be and if another want less, then so be it.
“If a polytechnic like Yaba College of Technology in Lagos wants 250 students let it admit and if Gboko Polytechnic in Benue wants less than 200 let it be.
“Institutions should be known for their individual quality and not collective standard. This will foster positive competition for the overall good of our tertiary institutions”, it said.
JAMB urged Nigerians to critically reflect on the development to enable the board take action that would be for the good of the country’s education, as well as the future of the Nigerian child.

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