JAMB Cut-Off Marks to be Determined by Schools


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has provided clarification that the recently established cut-off mark of 140 for admissions to Nigerian universities is not uniform for all institutions. 

According to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the minimum score required for universities to consider when making admissions decisions is 140 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

In response to candidates’ widespread belief to the contrary, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) clarified that it is the role of tertiary institutions, not JAMB, to decide and determine their cut-off admission score.

The Board has come under fire after setting the admission cut-off mark for university admissions at 140 at the just concluded policy meeting in Abuja.

However, in a statement issued on Monday, Benjamin emphasized that there is no such thing as a uniform minimum national UTME score for tertiary institutions, nor does JAMB decide any such criteria for any institution for admissions purposes.

He stated that the transparent admission method elucidated by former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Nasir Fagge, and published in the media was the same approach followed in conducting admission exercises into the country’s tertiary institutions.

“This procedure has even been improved with the elimination of human involvement through full automation with the implementation of the Central Admissions Processing system (CAPS),” he stated.


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