University admission: FG fixes cut-off mark at 180

Candidates who scored 180 and above
in the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination, UTME, conducted by the
Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Board, could secure admission into their
universities of choice, policy committee
on admissions to tertiary institutions in
Nigeria has said. Similarly, the
committee has put cut-off mark for
admission into polytechnics and colleges
of education for the 2014/2015 session
at 150.
Chairman of the committee and
Supervising Minister of Education, Barr
Nyesom Wike, made the disclosure
yesterday in Abuja during the meeting
of the committee.
The figures were also used for last year’s
admissions into the nation’s tertiary
institutions of learning.
The Minister charged the institutions to
abide by admission guidelines into the
nation’s tertiary schools.
In his remark, Chairman, Governing
Board of JAMB, Barr Peter Eze, called on
state-owned schools to abide by
admission guidelines to help promote
unity, integration, geographical spread
and equity. “Accordingly, the 45:35:20
admissions quota for the merit,
catchment area and educationally-less
developed states, ELDS, criteria should
be complied with by federal institutions.
“State-owned institutions, on the other
hand, are enjoined to comply with the
40:40:20 admissions quota for the
merit, catchment area, and
educationally- less-developed LGAs
(ELDL) criteria, respectively.
“Privately-owned institutions are,
however, expected to submit to the
board the acceptable ratio of national
merit and other criteria that they want
to adopt in the admissions exercise,” he
Addressing the gathering, which had in
attendance, representatives of all
tertiary institutions in Nigeria, JAMB
Registrar, Prof Dibu Ojerinde said total
applications for first degree in the last
examination was 1,584,348; while NCE
was 25,767, ND, 22,012 and NID 46;
giving a total of 1,632,173 applications
for the last exercise. Imo State,
according to him, had the highest
applicants with a little less than 120,000

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