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JAMB Releases Official Cut Off Mark

170! JAMB Official Cut-off Mark now 170

I believe those that scored above 170 but
below 180 will read this post with lovely
smile. There will
be no admission for candidates who scored
less than 170 in the last Universities
Examination (UME) following the decision
of the Joint Committee on Admission to
peg the
National cut-off point at 170.
However, JAMB said yesterday that results
of 16,000 candidates
out of the 22,395 candidates earlier
withheld on account of examination
malpractices have now been released.
Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof.
Dibu Ojerinde, told journalists in Abuja on
Tuesday that the national cut-off points
was jacked up from 180 last year
to 170 this year to reflect the improvement
in the
performances of candidates in the last
He, however, expressed concern
that some states would not be able to fill
their quota of university admission in the
coming academic year even if
the cut off marks was to be reduced to
150. He said he had asked the various
awarding institutions to adopt a system of
differential cut-off
marks in order to bridge the gap
between educationally less
developed states and the others.
The JAMB registrar said the differential cut-
off marks for the
states which will be lower than the national
one were yet to be decided upon by the
relevant body, adding that in arriving at a
decision, the body would take
into consideration how many candidates
sat for the examination in such state and
the performances of the
Ojerinde explained that in a situation where
a particular state presented only 731
candidates for the UME, there was no way
such a state could meet its admission
quota, even if it was given a differential
cut-off marks, adding that ''It's a way
bridging the gap.''
He also disclosed that additional 16,000
results out of the 22, 395 earlier declared
withheld by JAMB on account of
examination malpractice had now been
released following the decision
of the relevant committee of the
board to release the results. He, however,
said those whose
results are yet to be released will not get
any result as the
committee had decided that the results be
Similarly, Ojerinde said 6,000 scripts could
not be scanned by the computer following
the inability of the students to
comply with relevant instructions on
shading of the answer
sheets. He regretted that parents have been
besieging his office seeking for explanation
for the
non-release of their wards results,
and warned that parents
should not visit the sins of their children on
According to him, JAMB will now have to
charge N25,000 to the
production of the answer script of any
candidate who insists on seeing it.
''This particular script is like an art work
and the candidate wants result. You
can't reap
where you did not sow, shading the correct
column is part of the examination,''
Ojerinde said, while producing the script of
a candidate.
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