JAMB issues strong warning to candidates over cut-off mark

– The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued a strong warning to candidates over the 120 cut-off mark

– The exam body stated that the 120 cut-off mark does not guarantee automatic admission

– JAMB also announced that admission processes for 2017/2018 will begin on September 15

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned candidates that the 120 cut-off mark, does not guarantee automatic admission into higher institutions.

JAMB, through its official Twitter account stated this, however the exam body offered more explanation. The statement read: “The 120 cut off mark doesn’t mean an automatic ticket for admission.

Institutions will still admit using established criteria of merit and others.

“Candidates with higher marks will be considered first.”

Meanwhile JAMB also announced that the admission processes for 2017/2018 will start on September 15, 2017 and close on January 31, 2018.

The exam body also added that the direct entry applications for admission would close on September 15.

The Head of JAMB Information and Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, explained that students could only secure admission after they might have passed through the rudiments of admission processes.

According to The Nation, Benjamin explained the admission process saying: “We have come up with the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) this year.

“This entails that once candidates are admitted and the institution approves, then JAMB will approve. The information about the candidates will be keyed into CAPS automatically.

“Candidates can monitor their admission process through CAPS online and those who want to get admission letter can do so by printing such online.’’

According to him, CAPS will make record gathering easy and give easy access to students to print their admission letters, among other things.

PLUSMILA.com had reported that JAMB revealed that the decision to reduce the cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions was done by stakeholders in the education sector.

The examination body had been criticised for the new cut of mark it released for the 2017/2018 academic session but it revealed that this was done to make the process more flexible.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede who is the registrar of JAMB said the board recommendation was to only provide the institutions with a benchmark and that universities could raise their cut off marks above 120 but not more than 180.

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