The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) after a consultative meeting with Vice Chancellors (VCs) and heads of other tertiary institutions have agreed to put the cut off mark for public universities at 120 while those of polytechnics and Colleges of Education is put at 100.
An angry education expert declared after the news went public: “We need to really arise and raise lamentation to heaven over our education sector with the rot going on. At the policy meeting today national cut-off was reduced to 120 over 400 for universities and 100 over 400 for polytechnics. I weep for this nation.”
However, there was a caveat to the decision: institutions are free to raise their own cut-off marks from this minimum.
Moreover, it was agreed that admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions will be on January 31, 2018.
Furthermore, decisions on first choice candidates by universities will terminate on October 15, 2017; second choice candidates will end on December 15, 2017; and others will be available for admissions until the January 2018 closing date.
The Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, advocated a dynamic educational policy as related to admissions.