- JAMB says there is no uniform cut-off for admission into tertiary institutions
- Going further, JAMB also said UTME mark is not the sole determinant for placement of candidates
- The clarification was made on behalf of JAMB by Dr. Fabian Benjamin
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Following a report that a cut-off mark has been set for UTME candidates, the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has clarified that news.
According to JAMB, there is no particular national minimum Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) score for universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the country.
This was disclosed by Dr. Fabian Benjamin, head of media and information, Guardian reports.
He said the UTME mark was not the sole determinant for placement of candidates in tertiary institutions
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that just like the case of Goodness Shekwobyalo Thomas, another Nigerian student, Firdaouz Yusuff-Awari, a native of Kwara, has been denied admission into higher institution in the country even after scoring 300 in the last UTME.
Yusuff-Awari had filled Common Law as her proposed course of study at the University of Ilorin as her first choice but failed to secure admission into the school having scored 76% in post-UTME.
The female student emerged with seven distinctions and two credits but was unable to upload her mathematics result because it was withheld by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) when she needed it.
Speaking on the situation, Yusuff-Awari's father said: “The WASSCE result was released on July 25 and the Mathematics was later released on August 31.
“We uploaded the (full) result on JAMB portal and they sent us a copy that they’ve received it. When we tried sending it to University of Ilorin, their portal was closed.”
He added that his daughter's scores for the said course in the school, 300 and 76% beat the stipulated cut-off marks which were 260 and 50% respectively.
Yusuff-Awari's father said that on getting to the school to make enquiries concerning her daughter's plight, he was told by the authority that the number of candidates who uploaded their results on the portal was too many and as such more than the institution can cater for.
Legit.ng had reported that another record has been set by the JAMB less than one month of announcing the sale of 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) forms.
The examination body made the sum of N2,272,681,643:00 in one week of selling forms to admission seekers in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
Legit.ng gathered that this was contained in the weekly newsletter of the board detailing some of its activities from January 17-23, 2020.
The report said that under the column financial inflow, the money was made from the sales of e-registration pin – N2,122,400,000:00, e-facility sales – N128,816,602,00 and CBT centre service charges – N21,465,041,00.
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