The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday asserted that Universities are allowed to go above the National admission examination cut off mark.
It would be recalled that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board had on July 14, 2015 announced 180 as the admission cut-off mark for universities, and 150 for polytechnic and college of education.
Following the malevolence at the University of Lagos on Wednesday morning were Hundreds of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates stormed the University of Lagos to protest against the decision of the institution to stop them from doing the forthcoming post-UTME, the spokesperson of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Fabian Benjamin, has said universities are allowed to go above the National admission examination cut off mark.
Speaking exclusively to schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine , Mr. Benjamin said a university, depending on its peculiarities , can raise its cut off mark above the national recommendation of 180.
Further speaking, Mr. Benjamin, explained that the University of Lagos decided that their cut off point should be 250 as a means of getting the best candidates.
“If the University of Lagos has over 25,000 students applying and they have a carrying capacity of less than 7,000 and has over 15,000 candidates that scored over 250, why will they take less than 250. It simply means the university is trying to see how they can get the best,” Mr. Benjamin said.
He said there was nothing wrong with what the university did as there will come a time when schools will fix cut off scores at 300.
Mr. Benjamin added that JAMB will not take anything less than what was officially announced as the cut-off score.
Mr. Benjamin Fabian, also added that the board did not intentionally exclude any candidate.
He said, “We are only trying to ensure that candidates have better chances for admission this year unlike what obtained in the past. This time around, we do not want to wait till universities end their first choice admissions. We do not want some candidates to forfeit their admission easily. By next week, we shall release the national distribution list that will open more opportunities for them.”
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