Nigeria has directed all higher Institutions to adopt 180 Cut off mark as bench mark for 2016 Admissions of students into all tertiary Institutions in the country.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu gave the directive in Abuja while declaring open the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions into Pre degree higher institutions in Nigeria.

The Minister expressed government`s confidence in the examinations conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board JAMB, saying that there is no need for Universities to conduct post JAMB exams.

Malam Adamu stressed the need to bridge the gap between Universities, polytechnics and other higher institutions in the country.

He warned universities administrators to stop admission of students into unapproved Courses in Nigerian Universities.

Malam Adamu requested the administrators to present any challenge on the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exams to the government, as the  government will be ready to look into them , if there is any.

“As far as i am concerned, if the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing the universities should not be holding another examinations and if the universities have any complain against JAMB let them bring it and then we will address it. But if JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission,” the Minister explained.

Adamu emphasised that expanding access into the nation’s higher institution must be equitable,  stressing that the government will consider policies that will strengthen the performance of all students in Nigeria at all  levels.

He tasked Universities to abide by the 60: 40 Science ratio, while warning all higher institutions not to go below the 180  2016 bench mark for admissions into all tertiary institutions.

Briefing the stakeholders on the conduct of the 2016 JAMB examinations, the Registrar of the Joint Aadmissions and Matriculation Board, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, said the major challenge faced in the conduct of the exams was lateness of students to their centers.

Ojerinde said re-distribution of students into other higher institutions is embedded in the registration procedure of the 2016 UTME exams will make it easier than the previous years.

Stating the cumulative performance, he said over 500,000 students scored above 200, about 8, 3000 students scored above 190, about 1,100 students scored 180, while 117,000 students scored below 160.

On the 180 Cut off Mark, Ojerinde said no institution will go below 180 this year, stressing that universities like university of lagos, Ife,Ibadan will also not go below 200.

“This year we have more than enough candidates, over 1.5 million candidates so we will get enough candidates to take in all the schools if they are serious. Re-distribution is already ongoing because it is embedded in the registration procedure,” he said.

On post UTME, ojerinde said no more writing of post UTME but institutions will screen it.

The Executive Secretary of National Commission for Colleges of Education, Professor Monday Joshua said Colleges of Education will not offer admission to candidates who score below 180.

Meanwhile some Nigerian youths protested against the conduct of post UTME in higher institutions calling on the government, National Assembly, EFCC and ICPC to investigate and probe the use of the UTME funds in the Universities and Polytechnics.

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