The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai on Monday warned the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) against admitting candidates without prerequisite qualification and certificates.
Mrs Rufai gave this warning at the 2012 Combined Policy Meeting on Admission to Degree-Awarding institutions, National Diploma (ND), Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and National Innovation Diploma (NID) awarding institutions.
The Minister said admission should not be given to candidates who applied for the National Certificate of Education (NCE), National Diploma (ND) or the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE) without the prerequisite Advance Level (A/L) certificate.
She said it is illegal for some institutions, especially the universities to equate their foundation programmes with the ‘A’ level certificate.
“The programme is for a period of one academic year, and thereafter, the students are admitted into 200 levels through direct entry, this is illegal.
“All `A’ Level equivalents should pass through the National Council on Education for approval. We have got to do the right thing.
“The Tertiary Education Department is hereby directed to collect the names of erring institutions for appropriate disciplinary action.”
Mrs Rufa’i announced the cut-off mark for admission into colleges of education and polytechnics for the 2012/2013 academic session in the country as 160 and 180 for all federal universities.
The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Adedibu Ojerinda, insisted that all institutions must adhere strictly to the entry requirements as documented in the board’s brochure and comply with the admission schedules.
“Institutions should ensure compliance with approved admission guidelines, bearing in mind such criteria as catchment, educationally-less developed states, quota, carrying-capacity and national cut-off marks.’’
The registrar said that available statistics indicated a disturbing trend regarding attendance and compliance at the two Technical Committee meetings in 2011 held in Owerri and llorin.
He said only few institutions used JAMB list in 2011 admissions.
“The board frowns at this and hopes that the 2012 admission will be an improvement upon last year’s,’’ he said
He added that all foreign-based and physically-challenged candidates, who sat for the 2012 UTME and made the national minimum cut-off mark should be given due consideration.
The Chairman of the Committee of Provosts in Nigeria, Isa Abubakar, who spoke on behalf of the federal universities, said that the agreed cut off point for admission into universities is 180 while the Chairman, Council of Heads of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria (COHEADS), Mohammed Nabade said that the cut-off mark for admission into colleges and polytechnics is 160.