Oloyede questions propriety of JAMB cut-off points

  • Calls for national debate on it

The management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) led by Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has resolved to ensure that the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, concerning education is actualized in no distance time.

As a result of this, the JAMB Registrar has called on all notable stakeholders to rethink the issue of cut of marks, calling for a national debate on the propriety of cut off marks.

According to a statement signed by JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, Oloyede said institutions should be allowed to determine the kind of candidates they want.  He argues that the uniformity of cut of marks doesn’t make any sense when colleges and polytechnics admit for NCE and diplomas while universities admit for degrees and “yet we subject them to the same cut off marks thereby starving these tier of institutions from admitting  candidates who if not engage may likely become easy prey to social vices”.

Bejamin said further that Oloyede expressed worry over the class opportunities as it affects the distribution of admission resources. “The rich have multiple opportunities which include going abroad for studies while the poor only has the opportunity of struggling for the scarce spaces here”.

He said the rich children write JAMB and if they do not get the required cut-off marks, they are taken out of the country for studies abroad. They come back and they are integrated while the poor can’t afford it and are forever denied the opportunity of education. In his words “let institutions admit what they want according to their needs”.

This means that if a university wants 250 as minimum cut off marks why not and if another wants less, so be it. If a polytechnic like Yaba wants 250 let it admit and if Gboko Polytechnics in Benue State wants less than 200 let it admit. Institutions should be known for their individual quality and not collective standard. This will foster positive competition for the overall good of our tertiary institutions. The Registrar wants Nigerians to look at this critically for the Board to take action that will be for the good of our education.

Oloyede maintained that the Board will continue to make reforms that will carry the interest of every Nigerian child irrespective of whether poor, rural settlers etc.  He had expressed concern that most policies were geared towards accommodating the interest of the elite only and leaving the downtrodden to suffer unjustly.

“In view of the above, the Board has cancelled the use of scratch cards which were hitherto sold only by banks in the cities to pin vending which can be obtained by candidates anywhere using their phones, Web payment,  online quick teller; ATM payment,  quick teller mobile application and Bank branch (cash cards) etc. This is to make the services easily accessible, discourage fraudulent acts associated with the cards system and to conform to global best practice”, Benjamin quoted him.

The Registrar also disclosed that the Board has critically looked at the process of regularizing candidates and found a lot of lapses which it cannot tolerate in its drive to effect positive change towards enhancing the fortune of tertiary education in Nigeria.

In its efforts to discourage this abuse and perhaps stop it permanently, the Joint Admissions and matriculation Board (JAMB) has designed a template to be completed on-line by candidates and endorsed by the Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Provosts or Registrars of the candidates’ institutions which will then be submitted to the Board’s offices nearer to the institution for the Registrar’s approval subject to available evidence.

The Registrar may deny approval if sufficient and convincing reasons are not given. The public is to note that all admissions are done by the academic board of tertiary institutions and submitted to the Board who ensures that the admissions meet set requirements by proprietors of these institutions and government criteria.  As such there is no basis for regularization. The Board only design this process to clear any backlog as it doesn’t intend to continue with regularization exercise again. The statement explained.