Students who sat for 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) will get to know cut off for their respective courses into various Nigerian higher institutions as from August 22, Joint admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said.

The development disclosed in a statement by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Sunday saying JAMB has been given approval to hold a policy committee meeting on 2017 admission on August 21.

It said the meeting will kickstart the 2017 admission exercise.

The policy committee will announce the cut off points at the end of the meeting.

“All stakeholders including vice-chancellors of universities, rectors of polytechnics and mono-technics and provosts of colleges of education would be in attendance,” the statement said.

JAMB disclosed that it has sent to all institutions a soft copy of printout of candidates who chose them.

“This year, the Board has sent candidates who scored 100 and above in their JAMB to the institutions in its flexible admission policy for institutions to determine the suitability of the candidates in compliance with all laid down rules and regulations as determined by the proprietors of the institutions and approved by Senate of the various schools.

“The Board will ensure that criteria set by Senate are strictly adhered to by the institutions’ admission officers and no shifting of goal posts in the middle of the admission exercise.

“This is to guarantee fairness and equity to all candidates.”

Meanwhile, the Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, has advised owners of Computer-Based Test centres are up to date ahead of the accreditation exercise for next year.

The Board has also clarified that the change of course and institutions procedures not close until the 2017/2018 admission is finalized.

Head of Public Relations of JAMB, Fabian Banjamin, told News Agency of Nigeria that it would be wrong for students to assume the Board would close the change of courses and institutions soon.

He therefore advised candidates not to panic, rather to take time in making the right decision about suitable courses and institutions into institution higher learning.

He also disclosed that the form is sold at N2,500 and advised candidates to utilized only JAMB Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres and other approved centres while effecting change in their courses and institutions

He, therefore, advised candidates who wished to change their choice of course or institution to think properly, before doing so to avoid irregularities.

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