Akin Akande, Abuja
The Federal Government has released the cut-off marks for admission into universities, polytechnics, colleges of education as well as monotechnics and other tertiary institutions, pegging the minimum cut off mark for admission into universities at 180 and 150 for polytechnics, colleges of education and others.
The cut off marks were announced on Tuesday by the Minister of Education, Professor Ruquayattu Rufai, in Abuja at the fourth Combined Policy Committee meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The cut off marks, which were arrived at after a heated arguments by stakeholders at the meeting presided over by the Minister only represented a slight drop in what were agreed upon last year.
The minimum cut-off marks for admission last year were 180 and 160 for universities and polytechnics as well as colleges of education respectively.
But argument in favour of creating access to tertiary education and also to encourage candidates to attend polytechnics and colleges of education superceded other factors and the cut off mark for those category of tertiary institutions was pegged at 150 as against 160 used last year.
JAMB had on May 18 and June 1 this year conducted entrance examination into tertiary institutions with the introduction dual based test and computer based test for over 1.7 million candidates that sat for the examination.
Speaking earlier, the Minister 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.
“We should therefore collectively work towards encouraging more of our youths to enroll in our TVET institutions especially the innovation enterprise institutions, most of which are still having challenges of filling their quotas” she said.
She added that President Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurated a government-private sector committee on TVET, which according to her is currently working to support the growth of TVET at all levels.
Professor Rufai urged managements of tertiary institutions to follow the Federal Government’s stipulated guidelines on admissions which stipulates 70:30 technology/non-technology ratio for national diploma programs and 60:40 science /arts ratio for degree and Nigeria certificate in education programs.
She said they must also observe the criteria on merit, catchment and educationally less developed states.
Meanwhile, 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.
He disclosed that the federal government has approved 86 innovative enterprise institutions to run programs leading to the award of national innovative diploma.