Nigeria: Varsities Seek Waiver to Admit Candidates Below 150 Score

Abuja — The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says a large number of institutions in the country have applied for a waiver to enable them admit candidates who scored below 180 marks in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who disclosed this yesterday in Owerri at the second technical committee meeting on 2016 admission to tertiary schools, said it was important to look into the issues to avoid the institutions closing shop.

He said: “A large number of institutions, particularly the budding ones, have applied for a waiver to enable them admit candidates who in some instances scored below 180 marks. For some, this may sound unreasonable with the largely false impression that a large percentage of those who score above 180 and are qualified for admission cannot find any placement in our institutions, but I think this cry needs attention, otherwise, some of these institutions whether public or privately-owned may soon begin to wobble or even close shop.

“This will be counter-productive and even defeat the government policy of expansion of access to higher education and manpower development.”

In another development, the JAMB said it had dismissed 12 officials of the board for allegedly conniving with some to dupe the institution of unspecified millions of naira.

Also, the board has directed all the public tertiary institutions to complete all the admissions into 2016 session by November 30, 2016.

Oloyede said: “After this, no public institution will be allowed to do any other admission.

“Twelve officials of JAMB, who connived with others, have been dismissed from service and the diverted funds were being recovered.”

The registrar said that the board is also planning to introduce flexible cut-off marks for institutions, which have exhausted the list of candidates who scored 180 and above.

His words: “Just this morning, we received a greenlight on flexible cut-off marks only for institutions which have exhausted the list of candidates who scored 180 and above.

“In addition, we have reopened the portal for change of institutions and courses so that institutions and candidates can legitimately without any need for regularisation effect change of course at the point of entry rather than NYSC-inspired regularisation with attendant abuse. I have given a personal and official assurance to NYSC that all abuse/loopholes have been blocked.”

According to him, up 50 per cent of admission quota for institutions in the country is wasted.

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