ASUP rejects new JAMB cut-off mark, says “value will be eroded”

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) through the President, Usman Dutse on Friday in Lagos says the new cut-off mark for admission into universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education will reduce the standard of education in Nigeria.

Dutse’s argument:

  • The new cut-off mark will increase corruption in the admission process.
  • The new cut-off mark will “affect standard and value will be eroded.”
  • There is no where in the world that 25 per cent is adopted as the pass mark.
  • “The suggested cut-off mark is not good for the development of education and the candidates.”
  • “There was no much consultation with the stakeholders on the decision, JAMB only held a meeting with some heads of institutions once to inform them on what they intend to do.”


  • JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede had, on Tuesday, after the 2017 policy committee meeting, announced 120 as the minimum cut-off point for admission into degree-awarding institutions. The cut-off mark for admission into polytechnics and colleges of education was fixed at 100.

What this means: 

  • JAMB probably did not come straight with the statement that it met with ‘stakeholders’ on the decision; also considering that some University Vice Chancellors have rejected the decision.

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