The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted to the minimum cut-off marks set by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for admission into universities, polytechnics and innovative enterprising institutions, describing it as "sad decision for the future".
ASUU expressed their discontent at the 120 cut-off mark set by the education board for universities, stating that it was an attempt to destroy public education at all cost.
ASUU Chairman, Dr Deji Omole who faulted the Federal Government (FG) for the decision stated that the lowered cut-off marks were to favor the interest of friends of the government who were owners of private universities.
According to Omole who called for the removal of JAMB from the education system, the decision was not only lowering the standards of education but also digging the grave for the future of education in the country.
"Where are those that JAMB registrar said entered universities illegally? Which universities admitted them? If 30 percent did not take JAMB and found their way into the university system is that not corruption and a message that JAMB is not significant anymore? What sanction did those who did the illegal thing receive other than regularization of illegality".
"We are watching because long before now we have said that JAMB has outlived its usefulness. Let the universities set their unique standards and those who are qualified can come in".
"Even in those days, 40 percent was graded as fail. But now JAMB said with F9, which is scoring 30 percent, you can be admitted. They deliberately want to destroy education".
"Even for Polytechnic 100 marks is 25 percent. It is sad. And that is where we are in Nigeria. They want to destroy public education at all cost. This is not setting the standard for education in Nigeria. It is purely lowering standards and digging the grave for the future. This is why ASUU is currently in the struggle to influence the government to do the needful for education in Nigeria".
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has also reacted to the cut-off marks, describing it as a "gross misplacement of priority".
NANS Vice President, Olamide Odumosu during a protest at the JAMB office in Abuja stated that the reduction of the cut-off marks would not only permit corruption in the education system but also dampen the academic performance of students in the country.
According to Odumosu, the reduction was an "act of exploitation on Nigerian students" and a "slap to the country".
"JAMB in conjunction with Vice Chancellors and Provosts is exploiting Nigerian students, thereby reducing the level of education in the country. JAMB giving us 120 as a cut-off mark for Nigeria universities is a slap to our country".
Odumosu also revealed that a protest would be held across the 36 states of the country should nothing be done about the reduction.
Earlier this week, JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede revealed that the minimum cut-off mark for admission into universities was now set at 120 while that of polytechnics and innovative enterprising institutes was 100 and 110 respectively. [Read here if you missed it]
According to Oloyede, the decision was a collective one made by stakeholders in the education sector and not the education board itself.