The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), yesterday announced the cut-off marks for admission into all categories of tertiary institutions in the country for all the candidates that sat for the 2010 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted April 17, this year. The figure is 10 per cent higher than the 2009 cut-off point
Education Minister, Ruqqayatu Ahmed Rufai, released the cut-off mark yesterday at the first combined policy committee meeting on admissions into degree awarding institutions, National Diploma (ND), Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and National Innovation Diploma (NID) awarding institutions held at National Universities Commission (NUC) Abuja. Also, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde, said that 180 had been agreed by all the Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
Ojerinde, who expressed concern about the rate of non-compliance with the Federal Government’s laid down rules on carrying capacity by universities, said the government is serious about such failure, noting that institutions that failed to comply risks sanction.
He blamed the privately owned universities as the major culprits, saying that the federal government is serious about its desire to create access to higher education. This, he noted, accounted for why it decided to combine the examinations into all segments of tertiary education.
To open access, Ojerinde advised private university operators to review downward their fees, saying the fees as they are at the moment are capable of discouraging prospective candidates seeking admissions into their institutions.
But the Vice Chancellor of Bells University of Technology, (Bellstech), Ota, Ogun State, Prof. Isaac Adeyemi, defended the private universities regarding the fees, saying, private institutions had to charge fees to be able to provide quality education. He told reporters that unlike the public institutions which collect subventions from the federal and state governments as the case might be, the proprietors of private universities had to bear all expenses incurred in running die institutions.
But speaking to reporters at the end of the three hour meeting, Rufai, who chaired the meeting said: “We have met with the Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts, and discussed the issue of the cut-off mark for this year’s UTME and then we agreed on 180 as cut-off mark since it is a unified examination. We agreed that it is uniformed for polytechnics, colleges of education as well as universities.