JAMB Sets National Minimum Tolerable Scores for Admission into Tertiary Institutions

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has officially established the National Minimum Tolerable scores for admission into universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education. The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made this announcement during the 2023 Policy Meeting of Tertiary Institutions held in Abuja on Saturday.

Under the new guidelines, the minimum scores for admission are set at 140 for universities, 100 for polytechnics, and 100 for colleges of education. Prof. Oloyede emphasized that all institutions are required to adhere to these minimum scores and must not fall below the approved thresholds.

Furthermore, Prof. Oloyede stressed that each tertiary institution must establish its own minimum standard, particularly concerning institutional screening and grading based on the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE), which should not be lower than 50 marks.

“It is imperative that all institutions comply with this minimum score. This means that no institution is permitted to lower the standard,” asserted Prof. Oloyede.

Addressing concerns about private universities that previously demanded minimum scores between 120 and 130, the JAMB Registrar clarified that the new standard of 140 is non-negotiable and must be strictly adhered to.

“The system in place will not recognize a score of 139, so it is crucial to ensure compliance with the set standards,” he added.

In addition, Prof. Oloyede emphasized that institutions are prohibited from charging candidates more than N2,000 as screening fees.

These new measures aim to streamline the admissions process and ensure fairness and consistency in the evaluation of candidates across all tertiary institutions. The JAMB Registrar urged institutions to uphold these guidelines to maintain the integrity and credibility of the admissions process.

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