FG Scraps Post UTME, Pegs180 As New Cut-off Mark

Channels Television  
Updated June 2, 2016

studentsThe Federal Government announced the scrapping of the examination applicants write when seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the country.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, who announced this in Abuja at the 2016 Policy Meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), said universities are free to screen candidates admitted by JAMB but warned against students being subjected to a second written examination.

He said the federal government has confidence in the examinations conducted by JAMB, adding that there is no need for other examinations to be conducted by universities after JAMB exams.

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it”, he said.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde also announced 180 as minimum cut off mark for all tertiary institutions in the country.

“180 is given and no institution will go below 180 this year, And some universities can go above it, I know Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife will not go below 200 and University of Lagos will not go below 200 and also University of Ibadan. All these ones stand. But 180 is a bench mark for others.”

He said this year, the examination board have more than enough candidates with over 1.5 million candidate, saying, “So we will get enough candidates to take in all the schools if they are serious”

The JAMB registrar said re- distribution is already ongoing because it is embedded in the registration procedure.

He reiterated the Minister of Education’s pronouncement saying, “for post UTME, no more writing of post UTME anymore but institutions will screen their candidates.