JAMB Finally Speaks On Universities’ Cut-Off Marks, Admission Criteria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has in a statement on Sunday spoken about the new Universities’ cut-off marks, admission criteria for the 2017/2018 admission.

In a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Public Relations, Mr Fabian Benjamin, in Abuja on Sunday,  JAMB revealed that the Board had held consultations with universities across the country to enable candidates meet the requirements and secure admission without the assistance of anybody.

He also explained that JAMB will ensure fairness irrespective of tribe, religion, and that it was determined to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

He, however, made it clear that cut-off marks will be decided at a policy meeting.

“Do not allow yourselves to be defrauded by internet fraudsters, the policy meeting would commence the 2017 admission with all mode, process and acceptable conditions for admission.

“The Prof. Oloyede led management is working to ensure transparent, acceptable and fair admission process.

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“We have designed software known as Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), where human interference will be completely removed, to promote credibility.

“The admission criteria would be keyed into the software and it will select candidates blindly according to the institutions requirement without any primordial consideration,” Benjamin stated.

It would be recalled that the board had in May said it is yet to release cut-off marks for placements into tertiary institutions for 2017 academic year, contrary to some media reports.

According to the commission, the policy committee meeting responsible for the determination of cut-o marks had not met, they thus, advised candidates in their best interest to jettison cut-off marks for the various courses that are currently being paraded.

Meanwhile,  JAMB has also said  it will not condone multiple registration for Direct Entry and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. It has  described the act of multiple registration as a serious offence in the process of obtaining the Board’s application forms presently on sale.

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The board said the warning has become imperative for people to know and understand that violation of such rule would attract sanctions.

“Candidates are to note that our advertisement for 2017 UTME clearly states the penalty for any candidate caught buying two forms.

“Members of the public are requested to note that any candidate who indulges in double registration will be caught by our software and disqualified.

“The Board is not interested in the candidates’ money as is being insinuated by certain group who suggested to the Board that such registration will enhance the revenue base of the Board.

“No, we are more interested in the credibility of the examination and not the money, if money is our concern we will not be returning over five billion naira to the Federal Government coffers,’’ the board said.

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