160 is minimum score for admission into Universities – JAMB
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has approved 160 as minimum score for admission seekers into public universities in Nigeria for the 2019/2020 academic calendar.
The decision was taken Tuesday during the 19th policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria at Bola Babalakin auditorium, Gbongan, Osun state.
The meeting, which included Vice Chancellors, Rectors of Polytechnics and provost of colleges of education also approved 140 for private universities. The meeting also approved 120 for public polytechnic and 110 for private polytechnic. Also, 100 and above was approved for colleges of education.
The registrar of JAMB, professor Isiaq Oloyede in his speech disclosed that plans have been concluded to begin open examination for students seeking admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. According to the JAMB Registrar, the step, which is a new innovation for 2019 Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination, UTME, was part of efforts to further curb examination malpractice.
He explained that the board was determined to provide one million questions for each subjects out of which 50 would be taken for the examination per each candidate. The JAMB boss who warned that it has become a crime to collect password of candidates at CBT centre, added that the innovation of remote network test will afford the body opportunity to monitor functioning computer without going to the universities.
He expressed worry over the rate of applicants for Medicine, saying 436,799 candidates have applied for the course, while 35,923 vacancy is available. Earlier, the Chairman, governing board of JAMB, Dr. Emmanuel Nndukwe, said the board is striving to provide a unique standard that will be acceptable by students and parents. He commended the JAMB Registrar for his commitment and truthfulness, saying that his “transparency, accountability and dedication is legendary.