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    Monday, 28 August 2017

    New cut-off marks'll end attraction to 'mushroom' foreign varsities - JAMB




    The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the re­cent pegging of admis­sion cut-off marks at 120 and 100 for the nation’s tertiary in­stitutions would discourage the exodus of Nigerian students to sub-standard (mushroom) uni­versities in some neigbouring countries.

    JAMB, which made this known in a statement by its spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said stiff admission policies would not only drive away students to oth­er countries but would also bleed the economy as many of them would return with questionable certificates.

    “Today, it is a known fact that millions of Nigerians are out there schooling in mushroom institutions and they will at the end come back with all kinds of degree certificates that we can­not explain it content. Our nai­ra is continually devalued as a re­sult of so many reasons including the pressure to pay these school’s fees,” parts of the statement said.

    The statement said the deci­sion on the new cut-off marks was reached by stakeholders, who said that institutions should be al­lowed to determine their cut-off marks according to their pecu­liarities and the quality and stan­dard they want to be known for, adding that “the 120 mark does not in any way suggest that once you have 120 then admission is sure for you. Institutions will admit from the top to the least mark.”


    While frowning at misleading statements credited to some Vice-Chancellors, who said they have rejected the cut-off mark, JAMB opined that all heads of tertia­ry institutions were requested to submit their cut-off benchmark to the Board which will then be used for the admission.

    While saying that the new cut-off marks would also end the problem of illegal admission in the country, JAMB said tertiary institutions in the country hard­ly fill their available spaces, add­ing that the problem was not un­connected with existing rigid policies.



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