The Federal Government has directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to consult with the relevant stakeholders so as to come up with new and separate cut-off marks for admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education from next year.
According to a statement issued on Monday by the Ministry of Education, through its Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations), Ben Goong, the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, gave the directive after a one-day meeting with chief executive officers in the ministry.
According to him, it is wrong to subject candidates seeking admission to different higher institutions to the same cut-off marks when the duration and contents of their courses are different.
He added that Anwukah maintained that the current policy of adopting 180 as the uniform cut-off point for admission lacked fairness, equity and logic.
The Minister of State for Education also directed JAMB to publish, in full, the list of unutilised admission slots into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education on a course-by-course basis at the end of the first leg of the admission process to enable students and parents to take full advantage of existing admission vacancies in institutions where such exist.
Adding that this would prevent a situation where some institutions had more than the number of students they needed, while others could hardly fill their quotas.
The minister also approved the decision by JAMB to reduce its cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions.
JAMB has recently extended the validity period of the United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result to three years as against the current one-year validity.
The extension was done by the Nigerian Senate after to the amendment of the Act establishing the examination body, scaled through third reading on October 13.