As the admissions into higher institution of learning in Nigeria takes new shape, some reforms are gradually been introduced. The latest of them is the Federal Government giving directive to Joint Admission and Matriculation Board to come up with new and seperate cut-off marks for applicants seeking admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education from next year.
This implies that students seeking admission into different institution of learning will have to gain admisson based on separate official minimum scores in their JAMB exams.
The statement was contained in the Monday issue from Press and Public Relations, the office of the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Education, Ban Goong, as the Prof Anthony the Minister of State for Education gave the directive following a one-day meeting with administrators in the ministry.
According to him, it is wrong to subject candidates seeking admission to different higher institutions to the same cut-off marks when the duration and contents of their courses are different.
The minister also approved the decision by JAMB to reduce its cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions.
Anwukah maintained that the current policy of adopting 180 as the uniform cut-off point for admission lacked fairness, equity and logic.
Goong said, “The minister is in full support of the decision of the board to introduce discriminatory cut-off marks for admissions into the institutions.”
Anwukah also directed JAMB to publish, in full, the list of unutilised admission slots into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education on a course-by-course basis at the end of the first leg of the admission process to enable students and parents to take full advantage of existing admission vacancies in institutions where such exist.
The minister said this would prevent a situation where some institutions had more than the number of students they needed, while others could hardly fill their quotas.
At the meeting, JAMB Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, told the minister that the belief that the carrying capacity of Nigerian universities was far below the number of candidates that qualified for admission was wrong.
According to him, only those with 180 cut-off mark can be considered for admission, adding that out of those who met the criterion, a significant number might not have the five credits required.