The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that the minimum cut-off mark for admission into Nigerian universities for the 2017/2018 session is 120.
The education board made this announcement via its registrar, Ishaq Oloyede who revealed that the decision to place the cut-off mark at 120 was reached after a meeting with vice-chancellors, provosts and rectors of universities in the country.
Oloyede stated that universities had the right to choose their own cut-off mark but should not go below 120, adding that the minimum cut-off mark for admission into polytechnics and innovative enterprising institutes was 100 and 110 respectively.
"What JAMB has done is to recommend; we will only determine the minimum, whatever you determine as your admission cut-off mark is your decision. The Senate and academic boards of universities should be allowed to determine their cut-off marks".
The JAMB Registrar also revealed that over 17,160 students were discovered to have been illegally admitted by higher institutions, stating that the admission process was now automated and required the final approval of the JAMB registrar.
According to Oloyede, some of these students [illegally-admitted] have been regularized by the education board but from the next academic session, there would be no such thing.
"30 per cent of those in higher institutions do not take JAMB or have less than the cut-off marks. The admission process is now automated with the direct involvement of the Registrar of JAMB for final approval".
"We have agreed to regularize admissions that were done under the table this year. From next year, we will not accept anything like that".
Meanwhile, Education Minister, Adamu Adamu has lifted the ban placed on Nigerian universities from conducting post-UTME examinations, stating that the ban was a mistake by the Federal Government (FG).
Adamu reiterated that although the universities were abusing the post-UTME process, it was vital for them to conduct an examination for candidates seeking admission with a fixed fee of N2,000.
According to reports, decisions on first and second choice candidates are to be made by universities on or before October 15th and December 15th respectively.
The admission into public universities for the 2017 UTME examination is to elapse on January 15th, 2018 whereas admission into private universities is to elapse on January 31st, 2018.