The Chairman of a Non-governmental organization recognized as Exam Ethics Marshals International (EEMI), Mr Ike Onyechere, has called on the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to use the uniform cut-off mark for all candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the country.
He also stated that the admission policy that gives preference during the admission process because they are from educationally less developed states or educationally disadvantaged states should be scrapped as it does not make sense.
He noted that in Akwa Ibom for instance which was created from Cross rivers state is recognized as an educationally advantaged or developed state while Cross River that is a mother state to Akwa Ibom state is classified as an educationally disadvantaged or less developed state.
According to him, “this means that candidates from Cross River will have a lower cut-off mark than candidates from Akwa Ibom. For me, it doesn’t make sense.”
He further explained that most of the states that are categorized as educationally disadvantaged states have more Federal Government educational institutions than states listed as educationally advantaged.”
He mentioned that a state like Kaduna, for instance, has more than 20 educational institutions that are owned by the Federal Government but yet falls under educationally disadvantaged states.
He, therefore, called on JAMB to remove these anomalies and come up with policies that will give young people an equal opportunity to tertiary education in the country instead of slanting it to favour some people from certain areas of the country.
What do you think about this? Should JAMB adopt a uniform cut-off mark for both universities, polytechnics, and Colleges of education and admission policy for all candidates irrespective of their states of origin?