Paul Obi in Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), vice- chancellors, rectors and other stakeholders in the tertiary education sector are to meet to ascertain the 2016 admission cut-off points given the conclusion of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said in a statement that “having concluded all processes to kick-start the 2016 admission exercise following the successful completion of the UTME. The policy meeting, which is to set the tone for the exercise is presided by the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu.
“The presiding minister at this meeting underscores the importance and relevance of these decision-makers on admission into tertiary institutions and issues bordering on the general well-being of the system are discussed and decisions taken.
He said: “This year’s meeting is scheduled to hold in July ending. Nationally accepted cut-off marks will be decided and issued. Federal government guidelines and regulations will be articulated and decision taken even as it x-rays the performance of subsequent years to put checks and balances.”
Benjamin said “the very important meeting has policy makers, the heads of all tertiary institutions, the vice-chancellors, rectors, provost, registrars and relevant stakeholders like the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Youth Service Corps and others in attendance.
“The minister places much important on this assembly and has categorically made it clear that he won’t tolerate a situation where decision reached would be flagrantly disobeyed or not adhered to strictly.”
The board maintained that “some of the decisions border on admissions deadlines and quota system which some institutions have failed to comply with and other sharp practices capable of undermining the entire admission process.
“The board commends the minister for his effort at sanitising the sector and ensuring that the lost glory of education is returned and restored, while noting that these efforts would no doubt manifest great results in no distance time.
“JAMB wishes to use this medium to urge the public to follow this process keenly and also note that cut-off points in particular are as usual a minimum score pruning mechanisms and institutions are at liberty to go higher depending on their peculiarities.”
Benjamin further explained that government “insistence on due process and support for the transformation in the board and the entire education system will no doubt manifest great results in no distant time.”