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JAMB cancels UTME cut off marks

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, has cancelled general cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions.

The Board took the decision at the 2021 policy meeting on Tuesday in a virtual meeting chaired by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

The institutions are now to set their individual minimum benchmarks for admission.

Speaking during the meeting, the Registrar of the Board, Professor Is-haq Oloyede said different universities had proposed different cut-off Mark’s ranging from 140 to 210.

Professor Oloyede also disclosed that for 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, the board is introducing two new subjects: computer studies and physical and health education, bringing to a total of 25 subjects.

The stakeholders also approved October 29, 2021, as the deadline for the closure of amendments for 2021 admissions.

Stakeholders also adopted the 2021 admission guidelines, which provide that all applications for part-time or full-time programmes for degrees, NCE, OND, and others must be posted only through JAMB.

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Speaking on the stakeholders’ decision on other admission criteria, Prof Oloyede said the candidate’s credentials must be uploaded on Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) and recommended by the institution while JAMB approves and the candidate accepts the offer of admission.

He further said when candidates have not accepted an offer, the institution can change the candidate after informing JAMB.

The stakeholders also agreed to exempt prison inmates, the visually impaired as well as foreign students from sitting for post UTME.

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