The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board has announced a lowered benchmark for students seeking to gain entrance into degree programmes in Nigerian Universities, according to news reports.
Along with a raft of dates and deadlines for first and second choice admissions as well as for private and public universities, JAMB has opened the window of opportunity for more students to come within the margin of acceptance into the nation’s tertiary institutions BY SCORING 120 OUT OF THE POSSIBLE 400.
The new cut off mark set by the tertiary exams organizing body for Polytechnics is 100, while 110 is set for “innovative enterprising institutions”, according to Premium Times.
With the exception of a few like the Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Ilorin, Nigeria’s Universities are on an enforced suspension of academic activities due to the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. No academic work is expected to take place within the duration of the strike, including lectures, supervision of projects and theses, and exams.
Candidates who look forward to enrolling into degree institutions would have to wait a while but perhaps the amount of effort they will need to put into their preparation has been reduced by JAMB. Is that a good thing for the country’s education? The education sector budget has fallen for the past two years and now JAMB responds by lowering the cut-off marks for entering into what should be the bedrock of the nation’s progress?
Anyway, JAMB announced that Universities would still be able to determine the scores enough for actual admission through Post-UTME. That would just make admissions more expensive, wouldn’t it?
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