The decision of JAMB to set the cut-off marks for universities at 120 and polytechnics and colleges of education 100 has continued to attract reactions from Nigerians. The questions on the mouth of every one is why would JAMB set the cut-off marks this low?
Could it be because 23.8 percent of the candidates that participated in the UTME scored below 160? Is it a way to give candidates from educationally less developed states (ELDS) more advantage in terms of admission? No one knows the actual reason for this decision.
Someone said it could be a way the Government is using to stop ASUU from agitating and call-off the strike. Don’t forget that low cut-off marks means that more candidates will now be qualified to buy the Post-UTME forms of these universities assuming these schools decide to set their own individual cut-off marks low as well. That means more money.
However, if the recently introduced Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) is efficiently implemented, there may not be room for schools to make money off candidates.
Whatever may be the case, my concern is on how it affects the candidates. So the question is how does all this affect the candidates seeking admission this year. Below are 6 things you need to know about JAMB cut-off marks for this year.
6 Things You Need To Know About Reduction Of JAMB Cut-off Marks
1.The cut-off marks set by JAMB are called the minimum cut-off marks. It is not the same as the Post-UTME admission cut-off marks of institutions. Institutions will still set their own Post-UTME admission cut-off marks which is the least score you should have to qualify for the Post-UTME screening of the school.
2.Institutions are not allowed to set their Post-UTME admission cut-off marks lower than the JAMB minimum cut-off mark. For instance, the JAMB minimum cut-off mark for universities is 120. This means that no University is allowed to set its Post-UTME admission cut-off mark lower than 120 but they have the right to set it above 120. The same thing applies to polytechnics and colleges of education whose JAMB minimum cut-off mark is 100.
3.Most Universities (if not all) will likely set their Post-UTME admission cut-off marks from 170 and above while polytechnics will likely set from 150. Even if they set it lower than that, it may just be a way of making more money from candidates because it means more candidates will buy the form. Unless the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) does not support that. However competitive schools (especially universities) with high number of applicants will definitely increase their Post-UTME admission cut-off marks to 200.
4.The reduction of JAMB cut-off marks will be an advantage to candidates with low JAMB scores provided their schools of choices set low Post-UTME admission cut-off marks also.
5.If you have a low JAMB score, and the school you chose during JAMB registration is a competitive one, it will be in your best interest to change to another school that may likely reduce their admission cut-off marks so you can stand a chance of securing admission.
6.JAMB stated earlier that this year’s JAMB change of course and institution will not be closed till after admission. This is an advantage for candidates with low JAMB scores to change their institution once they get to know of any institution that can accept their low JAMB scores. But do not forget that you can only make a change of course/ institution two times.
Now you have known what you need to know concerning the reduction of JAMB cut-off marks and how it will affect this year’s admission, it is your responsibility to make the best decision with the information you have received. Wish you all the best!
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