Polytechnic lecturers knock JAMB over cut-off mark

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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) said on Friday the new cut-off mark for admission into universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education would adversely affect the standard of education in the country.

The president of ASUP, Usman Dutse, said in Lagos the union did not buy the decision of JAMB and what it intended to achieve with the development.

The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, had on Tuesday announced 120 as minimum cut-off point for admission into degree-awarding institutions in the country.

The cut-off mark for admission into polytechnics and colleges of education was fixed at 100.

Oloyede, however, said the institutions are at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum benchmark set by the board.

Dutse, in his reaction, said, “We believe that the cut-off mark is too low, and if adopted by institutions, will affect standard and value will be eroded.

“In the past, for various institutions we have in Nigeria, even the 180 cut-off mark approved by JAMB was found too low and now they are bringing it down to 120-100.

“For any examination in the world and any global ranking, there is nowhere 25 per cent is used as pass mark.

“We do not know what the bases are and what it (JAMB) intends to achieve.

“The suggested cut-off mark is not good for the development of education and the candidates,’’ the ASUP president said.

He faulted JAMB on its position that the cut-off mark is a minimum benchmark and institutions can increase it.

The ASUP chief said if that was the case, institutions should be allowed to admit and set examinations for candidates.

NAN

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