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Vice Chancellors, ASUU, NANS Rejects JAMB 2017 Cut-Off Marks



Vice- Chancellors and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have rejected the cut-off mark of marks set by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

It would be recalled that JAMB two days ago announced cut-off mark of 120 for universities and 100 for polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education.

ASUU has described this as a “sad policy decision, ” saying it was in tandem with the dream of the present government to destroy public universities in the country .

Vice Chancellors who have commented on this have maintained that they would not lower admission standards in their respective varsities .

According to them, the decision would add no value to the nation’ s university system.

A statement issued by the Vice- Chancellor , University of Ibadan , Prof. Idowu Olayinka, on the issue and released by his Media Assistant , Mr . Sunday Saanu, stated that it would never admit any candidate that scored 120 in the UTME .

UI has never admitted any candidate who scored less than 200 marks out of the maximum 400 marks .
This remains our position as an institution aspiring to be world -class . 

He however , commended the decision of the Federal Government to re -introduce the post- UTME test and exonerated the incumbent JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede , from the cancellation of the test two sessions ago.

On his part, the Vice- Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education , Ogun State , Prof. Oluyemisi Obilade , said that the institution will never go below 180.

The Chairman of ASUU at the University of Ibadan , Dr . Deji Omole , said the JAMB registrar simply lowered cut- off marks to favour the interests of the friends of government who own private universities and are hell bent on destroying public education. ”

Omole said it was vital for JAMB to be scrapped in order to save the nation’s education and its future.

The Vice- Chancellor , Obafemi Awolowo University , Prof. Tope Ogunmodede , said Traditionally, OAU has never admitted students who scored below 200 in the UTME. For us, we are sticking to 200. 

Similarly, the President of NANS, Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Thursday, threatened that the decision would be resisted if JAMB refused to adhere to the status quo.

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