From all indications, it appears the stipulated 180 cut-off mark for admission into tertiary institutions may be reduced by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
This was put forward by the registrar and chief executive of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede while speaking at the 2nd technical committee meeting for 2016 admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
He said it became imperative to reduce the mark due to the inability of some of the institutions to implement the cut-off mark.
A large number of institutions, particularly the budding ones, have applied for a waiver to enable them admit candidates who in some instances scored below 180 marks. For some, this may sound unreasonable with the largely false impression that a large percentage of those who score above 180 and are qualified for admission cannot find any placement in our institutions.
I think this cry needs attention, otherwise, some of these institutions whether public or privately-owned may soon begin to wobble or even close shops. This will be counter-productive and even defeat the government policy of expansion of access to higher education and manpower development.
Just this morning we received a green light on flexible cut-off mark only for institutions which have exhausted the list of candidates with 180 and above, subject of course to a minimum acceptable to JAMB and meeting of other pre-requisite.
However, Oloyede noted that the board would not impose candidates on any institution and no applicant will be unjustifiably denied the opportunity of access to tertiary institutions.