JAMB FIXES MINIMUM SCORE REQUIREMENTS FOR 2017/2018 ADMISSIONS.
Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) fixed 120 as the minimum score for universities, 110 for innovative enterprise institutes and 100 for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
Prof. Isiaq Oloyede, JAMB registrar, however stressed that tertiary institutions are not under compulsion as they can decide to raise their cut off marks above JAMB's.
Due to the outcome of the 2017 combined policy meetings on admission in to tertiary institutions, decisions on the admission of first choice and second choice candidates in universities should end by October 15 and December 15 respectively, so that the remaining candidates will be available for other institutions before the end of January, 2018, the closing date.
In a publication by Premium times, the JAMB boss advocated a dynamic educational policy as related to admissions.
“All over the world, there is agitation for dynamic educational policy,” he said. “JAMB only admits for National Diploma, not Higher National Diploma; so why should we use the same requirement for ND and BSC, that is unreasonable parity.”
“We should not be sentimental in fixing our cut off mark; we need not over-dramatise issue of cut off mark.”
He said candidates’ applications to study agriculture was very low while applications to study medicine and health sciences increased.
Speaking on illegal admissions, he said the process is now automated because the Registrar of JAMB must approve all candidates.
“About 17,160 students were admitted without JAMB across institutions in Nigeria,” he said.