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Controversial Cut-Off Mark: What Candidates Should Do – JAMB

Written by Elvis Boniface

Against the backdrop of controversy trailing move by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to post students rejected by
some universities to other schools, on the account of increased cut-off mark, the apex examination body has stated affected candidates
should check its website on Friday, August 5, 2015 to know the schools they are posted to.

Reacting to Wednesday’s protest by candidates billed to participate in UNILAG’s 2015/2016 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
(post-UTME), JAMB spokesman, Mr. Fabian Benjamin told Vanguard that the Board has entered into an agreement with the school to post the rejected students to other schools in Lagos environs.

According to Benjamin, “Admission is not the way people think. We have Merit, Catchment and closeness to a state. Those are the criteria we
are following to arrive at that list we sent to UNILAG. It’s not about the cut off point, there other considerations.

“UNILAG has only 9000 capacity in this year’s admission exercise and that is why we are trying to push the others to other universities.
They will not understand we are trying to send them to schools that will admit them because UNILAG can only take 9000 candidates. But the
students are not being patient with us to get this information across to them.”

He added that “We sympathise with them but wish to state categorically that the national cut-off point is just the minimum expectation that
each candidate desirous of university admission should have. However, universities are at liberty to go higher than 180, depending on their
peculiarities and the performance of candidates who chose them.

“For instance, if over 10,000 candidates who made UNILAG their first choice scored 250 and above, it will be difficult for them to go lower than 250 when they are to admit only about 9000. I wish to state that a time will come when some universities will go up to 300 as their
cut-off mark, depending on the performance.”

JAMB’s image-maker further explained that because of the development, the board decided that some of the candidates who chose such
institutions but fall below their cut-off marks should not miss out, hence the need to send them to other schools

About the author

Elvis Boniface

Ordained Evangelist of the Education Ministry. Learning is my lifestyle, credo and religion. On a mission to disrupt and redirect Africa’s Education conversation using Technology and Media. We can do it. Open to discuss any Education initiative and idea. #peace

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