Candidates seeking admission into higher institutions of learning in the country can heave a sigh of relief as the Federal Government has scrapped the conduct of post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), and also pegged the cut-off mark for admissions at 180.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu disclosed this in Abuja today after declaring open the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria.
Mallam Adamu, expressed confidence in the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), adding that there was no need for other examinations (Post UTME) to be conducted by universities after JAMB.
Making the disclosure, The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu explained that all tertiary institutions were at liberty to conduct screening for candidates seeking admission into any school.
Mallam Adamu said:
“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.
“If JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission.”
The Minister also asked the JAMB to stop all extra charges on several categories of changes on admissions such as the change of course, change of school and others.
Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board has pegged the cut-off mark for admission for 2016 at 180. The 180 benchmark, applies to all universities and higher institutions in the country, including polytechnics, colleges of education, and others.
JAMB’s Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, told newsmen after the meeting that no institution would go below the 180 cut-off set by the board.
Prof Ojerinde said:
“180 is given, no institution will go below 180 this year. Some universities can go above it, I know University of Ife will not go below 200 and University of Lagos will not go below 200 and also UI. All these ones stand but 180 is the bench mark for others.
“This year we have more than enough candidates, we have over 1.5 million candidates so we will get enough candidates to take in all the schools if they are serious. Re-distribution is already ongoing, because it is embedded in the registration procedure.”