The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has granted Nigerian Universities the sovereign prerogative to choose whatever cut-off mark they want as admission requirements for prospective students.
According to the Board spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, universities are allowed to go above the National admission examination cut off mark.
If we recall, JAMB had announced 180 as the cut off score for admission into degree programmes and 150 for national certificate in education, national diploma and national innovation diplomas.
However, Benjamin disclosed that university, depending on its peculiarities, can raise its cut off mark above the national recommendation of 180.
He said: “If the University of Lagos has over 25,000 students applying and they have a carrying capacity of less than 7,000 and has over 15,000 candidates that scored over 250, why will they take less than 250. It simply means the university is trying to see how they can get the best.”
He concluded that there was nothing wrong with what the university did as there will come a time when schools will fix cut off scores at 300, adding that JAMB will not take anything less than what was officially announced as the cut-off score.