• As JAMB releases cut-off points for varsities, others
From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
Federal Government has lifted the ban it, hitherto, placed on the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) which used to be conducted by individual universities for admissions.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, announced the decision in Abuja yesterday while declaring open the 2017 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) policy meeting which heralds the commencement of the 2017/2018 tertiary admission process.
He admitted that the 2016 decision to ban the post-UTME was done in error and said he was “ill advised to take that decision.” He added that corruption in the system was also responsible for the decision to ban the post-UTME exercise.
He, however, directed that no institution should charge any fee above N2, 000 per candidate in the exercise and warned that it must be corruption free.
Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday announced that 120 would be the minimum cut off point for 2017/2018 tertiary admission consideration into universities The Board also announced that 100 would be used as cut off point for similar admission into polytechnics and colleges of education. Last year, the cut off point for admission in universities was 180. These and more were decisions taken by heads of tertiary institutions at the end of 2017 JAMB policy meeting which heralds the commencement of 2017/2018 admission process.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who announced the decision yesterday, added that admission process for first and second choice candidates would end on 15th October and December 15, 2017, respectively. He urged all the institutions to abide by the rules of engagement, with a threat to activate punitive measures against any defaulter institution(s).