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More universities reject lower admission standards

More universities have insisted that they have no intention of lowering their admission standards to accommodate students who score 120 marks in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, write Laolu Harolds, Adelowo Oladipo and Shehu Bello for the Nigerian Tribune.

On Tuesday 22 August, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, or JAMB, after the 2017 combined policy meeting with vice-chancellors, rectors of polytechnics and monotechnics and provosts of colleges of education in Abuja, announced 120 marks as the minimum cut-off for admissions to universities, and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education. The examination board, however, noted that the senate of universities still retains the power to determine what works for them by way of minimum entry requirements.

That announcement has been generating diverse reactions since then, most of them disapproval. The Afe Babalola University in Ado-Ekiti and the University of Ibadan were among the first universities that faulted the decision. Both universities in separate statements expressed shock that JAMB could even suggest that universities should consider admitting students who score 120 marks, which is less than 50 of the 400 examination scores, for admission.
Full report on the Nigerian Tribune site
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