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UTME cut-off marks pegged at 180, 150

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19. June


The Federal Government has released the cut-off marks for admission into universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other tertiary institutions.

It has pegged the minimum cut-off mark for admission into universities at 180 and 150 for polytechnics and others.

The cut-off marks were announced by the Minister of Education in Abuja at the fourth Combined Policy Committee meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday.

The cut-off marks were pegged after a heated arguments by stakeholders.

The minimum benchmarks for admission last year were 180 and 160.

Argument in favour of creating access to tertiary education and encouraging candidates to attend polytechnics and colleges of education superseded other factors so the cut-off mark for that category of tertiary institutions was pegged at 150.

JAMB conducted the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination into tertiary institutions between May 18 and June 1 with the introduction of dual-based test (DBT) and computer-based test (CBT) for over 1.7 million candidates.

In her speech, the Education Minister Prof. Ruqayyah Rufai, emphasised that technical and vocational education and training is one area that the nation must encourage its youths to participate in if Nigeria must move ahead as nation and have competitive advantage.

Her words: “We should therefore collectively work towards encouraging more of our youths to enrol in our TVET institutions, especially the innovation enterprise institutions, most of which are still having challenges of filling their quotas”

She added that President Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurated a government-private sector- committee on TVET to support the growth of TVET at all levels.

Professor Rufa’i urged managements of tertiary institutions to follow the Federal Government’s guidelines on admissions which stipulate 70:30 technology/non-technology ratio for national diploma programmes and 60:40 sciences/arts ratio for degree and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) programmes.

She said they must also observe the criteria on merit, catchment and educationally- less developed states.

JAMB Registrar Professor Dibu Ojerinde said that all admissions would come to an end on October 31, noting that late submissions would not be entertained.

Article Credit: The Nation Newspaper

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