Cut-Off Mark: JAMB Reg Fires Back At Students, Parents

Cut-Off Mark: JAMB Reg Fires Back At Students, Parents

Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has hit back at parents and students over the recent crisis brewing from the reduced cut-off mark.

Professor Ojerinde, who was a guest during a live programme on Channels television, monitored in Lagos Tuesday morning, noted that students who are posted to other institutions have the choice of rejecting it as he believes that they are trying to help the students.

Cut-Off Mark: JAMB Reg Fires Back At Students, Parents
Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation (JAMB), has asked parents to stick to the policies of the examination body

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Speaking further on the arguments by guardians, parents and students that he cannot choose for them, he said: "Are you saying that those who scored 180 should be allowed to write post UTME in the University of Lagos or in Obafemi Awolowo University?

"When these schools say they cannot admit those students with low cut off marks, are we to impose the students on the schools?

"It is not the first year that we are doing this to the institutions. They have a choice not to go to any institution where they have been redistributed to."

On the issue of the basic requirements for admission, Ojerinde added that the redistribution to other institutions does not guarantee automatic admission, as they still have to meet the basic requirements of the institutions to be offered admission.

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He added: "We have not changed the rule of the game, it is the same thing. Instead of waiting endlessly for admission, let us do it the simple way and that was the reason we started sending names to schools other than those which students chose during their processing.

"Schools can go against the policies of JAMB in admitting students as well, but the problem with Nigerians is that everyone wants to attend the University."

The academic was also asked if he received any court injunction on the ongoing crisis and he denied reception of any. noting: "I have not gotten any court injunction. If I do, I will obey it."

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) had slammed the body's decision, calling it lame and nonsensical.


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