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JAMB cut-off: ASUU, FG want to destroy Nigerian universities

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Some quarters in Nigerians have rejected the new cut-off marks set by the Joint Admission Matricultion Board for students seeking admission into institution of higher learning.

The examination body had reduced cut-off to 120 for students seeking admission into universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and college of education but Vice Chancellors and the Academic Staff Union of Univerisities (ASUU) have criticized the development, saying the Federal government has the “dream of the present government to destroy public .”

Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan(UI), Professor Idowu Olayinka, in a statement released by his Media Assistant, Mr Sunday Saanu, on Thursday, August 24, said UI stated that it would never admit any candidate that scored 120 in the UTME.

“It should worry us as patriots that candidates who scored just 30 per cent in the UTME can be admitted into some of our universities. Yet, we complain of poor quality of our graduates. You can hardly build something on nothing.

“The consolation here is that since JAMB started conducting this qualifying exam in 1978, UI has never admitted any candidate who scored less than 200 marks out of the maximum 400 marks.

“This translates to a minimum of 50 per cent. This remains our position as an institution aspiring to be world-class. Reality is that only about four other universities in the country have such high standard.

“To that extent, apart from being the oldest, we are an elite university in the country at least judging by the quality of our intakes,” he said.

However, he also commended the decision of the FG to re-introduce the post-UTME test.

Olayinka said: “It is gratifying to note that the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who chaired the meeting, apologised publicly for canceling the post-UTME screening last year.

“In effect, universities are now allowed to conduct the test using modalities approved by the Senate of each institution.

“To be fair to the incumbent Registrar of JAMB, he was not the Registrar when the policy somersault of cancelling the post-UTME test was made last year.

“As strongly canvassed by us at every opportunity, for UI, the need to admit the best admission seekers is the primary motivation for the test and not money, even though we do not pretend that you can run any university so properly called without funds.”

The Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ogun state, Professor Oluyemisi Obilade, on his own part said that the onus would ultimately fall on parents and employers of labour to decide “between a first-class graduate of a university which takes 120 as its cut-off mark or one that takes 180 as its cut-off mark.’’

According to her, TASUED would never go below 180. She also said that many of the VCs at the Combined Policy Meeting during which the 120 benchmark decision was made, said they would not go below 180.

“But some universities chose 120 at the meeting. What the JAMB has done is to transfer power back to the Senate of univers

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