By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced cut off marks for universities and polytechnics and colleges of education in the country.
This announcement was made by the exam agency after a consultative meeting with Vice Chancellors (VCs) and other Heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
According to JAMB, the minimum cut off mark for universities in the country is 120, while for polytechnics and colleges of education is 100.
Registrar of JAMB, Mr Ishaq Oloyede, speaking at the 2017/2018 Combined Policy Meetings on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria, said while no admission will be made by any institution without prior approval of JAMB, the academic institutions are at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.
He noted that admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions will on January 31, 2018.
The Registrar disclosed that the meeting also approved that the decisions on first choice candidates by universities which will end on October 15, 2017 and second choice candidates will end on December 15, 2017 after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January 2018 closing dates.
Furthermore, JAMB said it has also introduced a Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) which will be used to streamline admission processes among institutions and to address challenges associated with the former approach.
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