UTME: JAMB Does Not Determine the Cut-Off Mark

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The national Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, or UTME, the universal cut-off mark is not chosen by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), according to their statement.

Cut-off marks, according to JAMB, are decided at a policy meeting that is attended by all institution heads and led by the honorable minister of education.

The Head of Public Affairs and Protocol for JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, revealed that institutions carefully consider the admission standards set by particular institutions and their chosen minimum admission scores.

Benjamin was responding to a statement made about the cut-off mark by Prof. Nasir Fagge, a former leader of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

He revealed that JAMB administers the test and provides the results to the universities so they can set the cut-off point.

Benjamin further revealed that universities base their selection of cut-off scores on the Central Admissions Processing System.

The following is a portion of the statement: “There is no such thing as a uniform minimum national Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) score for any of the tiers of tertiary institutions, and neither does the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board decide any such requirement for any institution.

“In actuality, there are no consistent national UTME results, hence the Board does not and has never established any uniform national UTME scores, also termed as cut-off marks by the general public for any postsecondary institution.

“The precise procedure being followed in the performance of admission exercise to tertiary institutions in the country is that which was elucidated by Prof. Nasir Fagge, a former president of the Academic Staff Union of University, and which was published in Premium Times.

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The Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) has completely automated this process, making it better than before by eliminating human involvement.

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