By John Ikani
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and heads of tertiary institutions are expected to take a decision on the minimum cut-off mark for the 2021/2022 admissions on August 31 at a Policy Meeting.
This was made known in JAMB’s weekly bulletin which was released by the board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Sunday in Abuja.
According to the board, decisions will be reached on new cut-off marks and other admission issues at the meeting which will be chaired by Education Minister Adamu Adamu.
It added that the policy meeting would be streamed live on its website because of the critical nature of the decisions to be taken.
It also added that it is an abuse of process for any institution to commence admission exercise before the meeting as it is the forum that gives this authorization.
A copy of the bulletin seen by Heritage Times reads:
“This (policy) meeting kick-starts the admission process into the nation’s tertiary institutions. It will discuss critical issues emanating from the presentation of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry applications, in addition to setting the tone for the 2021/2022 Admission exercise.
“The meeting is expected to chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines and present application statistics, candidates’ performance as well as evaluate the 2020 Admission exercise.
“The meeting, in addition to other deliberations, would take a stand on acceptable minimum admissions standards to be applied in all admissions to be undertaken by all Tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
“Given the critical nature of the decisions to be taken at the meeting, it would be streamed live on the Board’s website, www.jamb.gov.ng, on its Facebook handle “@JAMBULLETIN” and other social media platforms.
“The Board makes it clear that it is an abuse of process for any institution to commence any admission exercise before this meeting as it is this forum that gives this authorisation.”
It is worthwhile to note that JAMB had last year set 160 and above as the cut-off mark for admission into universities, 120 for polytechnics and 100 for colleges of education.