Mixed reactions have welcomed the new cut off mark for university admission by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) fixed at 120 score.
The board also pegged entry qualifications benchmark into polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics at 100. But candidates seeking degree admission into the colleges of education must equally possess 120 like that of the universities.
An admission seeker, Toluwase Olayiwola who sat for the last JAMB exam hailed the decision saying ” it would give more students the opportunity to be able to gain admission into different institutions.”
” People are not going to schools again just to get certificates but just to get experience because the educational sector is nothing to write home about,” she said.
Another prospective university student, Joseph Mary, said she was happy with the cut off mark but noted that some federal universities would not comply with it.
“The likes of University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos will not,” she stated adding that the best thing JAMB can do is to make sure all federal universities comply with the pegged cut off mark.
Michael Anthony in an interview with The Nation however faulted the decision noting that “it is dullards that will gain admission into the institutions?
“The cut off mark is too low. How on earth will JAMB announce a cut off mark like that. I wonder how the screening will be.
“The Joint Admission Matriculation Board is giving all dick, Tom and harry access into the University and this will increase the crime rate some tertiary institutions. It will cause overcrowding in the university. Even the university does not have what it takes to accommodate large number of students,” he said.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) shocked many Nigerians when it was announced that the admission cut-off mark has been reduced to minimum of 120 for universities. Many admission seekers see this as good news even though JAMB has stated that the cut-off mark doesn’t mean that once you have 120, you are good to go.
Currently, the Nigerian educational system when placed side by side with her contemporaries in Africa and the world at large can be said to be laughable. This new score dampens the zeal for the examination and its positive tensions; that quest for success in JAMB will take a downward spiral.
The real truth is that, not withstanding the side of the divide you are, this is surely a step in the wrong direction.
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