JAMB’s cut off marks too low, NANS says during protest

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The National Association of Nigerian Students has rejected the downward review of cut-off marks for admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions.

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, had on Tuesday stated the cut off marks as 120 for degree awarding institutions, 100 for monotechnics and polytechnics and 110 for innovative enterprising institutes.

Until the review, the marks were 180 for degree awarding institutions and 150 for the others.

But the umbrella body for Nigerian students on Thursday described the new pegs as unreasonable and unacceptable.

The group expressed its dissatisfaction during a protest they held at JAMB headquarters in Bwari, Abuja. The protest was led by NANS’ vice president, Olamide Odumosu.

Mr. Odumosu said the reduction in the cut-off marks would only lead to corruption and worsen the level of academic performance of students.

He said the review would open Nigerian students to exploitation.

“JAMB in conjunction with Vice Chancellors and Provosts is exploiting Nigerian Students thereby reducing the level of education in the country,” he said.

Mr. Odumosu said the association would mobilise students across the country to protest the review if not reversed.

Also speaking, Idowu Ajayi, National Public Relations Officer of NANS, said the increment of the regularisation fees by JAMB from N5,000 to N10,000 should be reviewed.

“How can a minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria say something and say it was a mistake? How can scrapping post UTME be a mistake?”, he quipped.

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