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JAMB: Cut-off marks reduced to stop Nigerians from going to school abroad



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says reduction in the 2017/2018 cut-off marks was to encourage Nigerians to school in the country




JAMB has said the cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions were reduced to encourage as many Nigerians as possible to school at home.

A statement released by Fabian Benjamin, JAMB spokesperson, reads in part: “Today, it is a known fact that millions of Nigerians are out there schooling in mushroom institutions and they will at the end come back with all kinds of degrees and certificates that we cannot explain their content.

Our Naira is continually devalued as a result of so many reasons, including the pressure to pay these school fees. It’s also a known fact that for you to study a course say Hausa in Nigerian, you will need a credit in Mathematics; however when you go outside like London, all you will need is a credit in Hausa and English, no Mathematics.

The question we all should be concerned about is how to address the flight of Nigerians to glorified secondary schools called Universities in Ghana, Uganda and even Gambia and others.

If we deny our candidates the opportunity to school in Nigeria, they will find their way out and in doing that deplete our economic base.

To provide answers to all these challenges, stakeholders decided that institutions should be allowed to determine their cut-off marks according to their peculiarities and the quality and standards they want to be known for.

Besides, events have shown that many institutions do not comply with cut-off marks in the past; hence the flood of requests for regularisation. Now, the new management has resolved to stop it and ensure full compliance with resolutions on cut off-marks.


The cut-off marks being branded by the public as previous cut-off mark were never strictly followed by most institutions. The institutions were going behind to admit candidates with far less with others admitting candidates who never sat for JAMB. .

Unfortunately, the public has been kept away from this fact for long time and now that we are saying it the way it is and working to address it, the public is criticising us using non-existing paremetres that were only announced and not followed.”

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