JAMB: More universities kick against 120 cut-off mark

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The Vice-Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED, Ogun State, Prof. Oluyemisi Obilade, has kicked against the recent decision of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to peg admission cut-off mark at 120 for universities and 100 for polytechnics.

According to Obilade, the TASUED would never go below 180.

"TASUED will not go below 180, not under my watch. Even in the United States, there is what we call Ivy League universities, and there are those you can call 'Next Level Universities'.

"There are also those that are termed community colleges. At the meeting, the outcome is that universities have been given the freedom to decide. It is not a general legislature and it is not binding on everybody,'' she said.

Similarly, media assistant to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Mr. Sunday Saanu, stated that UI "still maintains her position in academic excellence and standards in order to continue to aspire towards becoming a world-class university.''

"It should worry us as patriots that candidates who scored just 30 per cent in the UTME can be admitted into some of our universities. Yet, we complain of poor quality of our graduates. You can hardly build something on nothing.

"The consolation here is that since JAMB started conducting this qualifying exam in 1978, UI has never admitted any candidate who scored less than 200 marks out of the maximum 400 marks."


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