2017 Jamb Joard Set To Probed By House Of Reps Over Jamb Cut Off Marks

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2017 Jamb Joard Set To Probed By House Of Reps Over Jamb Cut Off Marks

2017 Jamb Joard Set To Probed By House Of Reps Over Jamb Cut Off Marks

The Tertiary Education & Services committee has been ordered via the House of Representatives to investigate the circumstances surrounding the reduction of the cut-off mark for admitting candidates into tertiary institutions.

This followed a motion by Rep. Hassan Saleh (Benue-APC) on the “Need to Investigate the Reduction in the Cut-off Marks for Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria’’ at plenary on Tuesday.

As a matter of fact committee expected to report back findings within four weeks, directed to determine whether cut-off mark reduction would lower standard of education country.

2017 Jamb Joard Set To Probed By House Of Reps Over Jamb Cut Off Marks

Moving the motion, Saleh expressed concern that the new policy was bound to lower the standard & quality of education from the tertiary institutions.

2017 Jamb Joard Set To Probed By House Of Reps Over Jamb Cut Off Marks

According to him, many candidates who perform poorly in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE) can secure admission through nepotism, bribery, & corruption while many other candidates who perform excellently can be denied admission.

Nevertheless saleh said that in spite of the fact that more than 500,000 candidates scored above 200 marks, representing 50 per cent of the total mark how ever, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) reduced cut-off mark to 120.

2017 Jamb Joard Set To Probed By House Of Reps Over Jamb Cut Off Marks

As a matter of fact he said that the cut-off mark represented only 30 percent of the total examination mark of 400, adding that 100 marks fixed for Polytechnics & Colleges of Education were 25 percent of the overall score.

Furthermore in his contribution, Rep. Ahmed Pategi (Kwara-APC) disagreed with the motion, as a matter of fact saying that the decision taken by JAMB was in order.

Pategi said that all stakeholders in tertiary education agreed with JAMB on the new policy.

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