JAMB, others to peg cut-off mark for 2021/2022 admission on August 31


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and heads of tertiary institutions are expected to take a decision on the minimum cut-off mark for the 2021/2022 admissions on August 31 at a Policy Meeting.

The decision of the new minimum cut-off marks and other admission issues will be taken at the policy meeting which will be chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

This disclosure is contained in JAMB’s weekly bulletin which was released by the board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Sunday in Abuja.

The board stated that the policy meeting would be streamed live on its website because of the critical nature of the decisions to be taken. It also added that it is an abuse of process for any institution to commence admission exercise before the meeting as it is the forum that gives this authorization.

What JAMB is saying in the weekly bulletin

The statement from JAMB reads, “This (policy) meeting kick-starts the admission process into the nation’s tertiary institutions. It will discuss critical issues emanating from the presentation of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry applications, in addition to setting the tone for the 2021/2022 Admission exercise.

“The meeting is expected to chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines and present application statistics, candidates’ performance as well as evaluate the 2020 Admission exercise.

“The meeting, in addition to other deliberations, would take a stand on acceptable minimum admissions standards to be applied in all admissions to be undertaken by all tertiary
institutions in Nigeria.

“Given the critical nature of the decisions to be taken at the meeting, it would be streamed live on the Board’s website, www.jamb.gov.ng, on its Facebook handle “@JAMBULLETIN” and other social media platforms.

“The Board makes it clear that it is an abuse of process for any institution to commence any admission exercise before this meeting as it is this forum that gives this authorisation.”

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that last year, JAMB, in collaboration with Vice-Chancellors of universities, Rectors of Polytechnics and Provosts of Colleges of Education, pegged the minimum cut–off mark at 160 and above for admission into universities, 120 for polytechnics and 100 for colleges of education.
  • The board had on June 25, released the results of candidates who sat for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) between June 19 and June 22 in over 720 CBT centres as it withheld some results for further investigation to review CCTV footages for detection of possible examination malpractices.
  • It also on July 28, finally announced the clearance and release of the UTME results for 14,620 candidates that had been under investigation


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