The general cut-off marks system for admission into Nigeria’s tertiary schools has been terminated by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB. The Board has also granted institutions liberty to set their minimum standard for admission of students.
JAMB decide at the 2021 policy conference which too places virtually, and was chaired by Malam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education.
In a statement during the conference, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of JAMB explained that some universities like the University of Maiduguri, Unimaid proposed a benchmark of 150, Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto proposed 140 benchmark, Pan Atlantic University proposed 210 as its requirment. Others are University of Lagos with a proposed 200 cut-off mark, Lagos State University prosposing 190 standard Covenant University proposing 190 criteria and Bayero University Kano with a benchmark of 180.
The policymakers also endorsed 29 October 2021 as the deadline for the closure of modifications for 2021 admissions.
Concerning the deadline for the closure of admissions, the policymakers decided to permit the ministry of education to determine as they could not settle for the 31 December 2021 benchmark for all public institutions and 31st January 2022 for all public institutions.
Key players also accepted the 2021 admission protocols, which allows all candidates for part-time or full-time degree programmes, NCE, OND, and others to be mailed only through JAMB.
The conference endorsed that for Direct Entry, DE, the maximum point a candidate can present is 6 while i 2 or E, is the tolerable minimum as mandated by law.