CUT-OFF MARK: Misleading, a Misnomer – JAMB

He, therefore, said that the NTMUS of 140 for universities, 120 for Polytechnics and 100 for Colleges of Education arrived at by participants does not mean that an institution with RIAMUS of 200 must admit a candidate on the basis of NTMUS of 140; 120; 100 as the RIAMUS might be equal or higher than the NTMUS.

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has described the term, ‘cut-off mark’ as used in Nigeria, as misleading, and a misnomer, stressing that each tertiary institution sets its own Realistic Institutional Admittable Minimum UTME Scores (RIAMUS).

Prof. Oloyede gave this insight during the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria, held at Andrews Otutu Obaseki Auditorium, National Judicial Institute, Abuja, on Saturday, 24th June, 2023.

According to the Registrar, the term ‘cut-off mark’ is misleading as there is no unified national cut-off mark, rather what is obtainable is the Realistic Institutional Admittable Minimum UTME Scores (RIAMUS), which is the minimum score that the Senate/Academic Board of each institution has approved for the purpose of admission of its students.

Prof. Oloyede, however, stated that no institution can go below its own self-set RIAMUS and no other institution could use the RIAMUS of another for the purpose of its own admissions because the score is institution-specific.

Furthermore, the JAMB helmsman disclosed that UTME score does not single-handedly guarantee any candidate admissions to tertiary institutions in the country, as it is only one of the criteria among many others such as five credit passes in five relevant O’ level subjects, O’ level subjects grading, post-UTME score and 60:40 Science:Arts ratio, among other criteria as defined by the proprietors of the institutions.

In the same vein, the Registrar stated that the National Tolerable Minimum UTME Score (NTMUS) is the score below which no institution in the country will consider any candidate for admission. This, he said, is usually decided at the Policy Meeting not by individual institutions. He, therefore, said that the NTMUS of 140 for universities, 120 for Polytechnics and 100 for Colleges of Education arrived at by participants does not mean that an institution with RIAMUS of 200 must admit a candidate on the basis of NTMUS of 140; 120; 100 as the RIAMUS might be equal or higher than the NTMUS.

On the NTMUS for the 2023 Admission exercise, the Policy Meeting resolved on 140 as the minimum score for admissions into universities and 120 and 100 respectively for admissions into both Polytechnics and Colleges of Education nationwide.

The National Tolerable Minimum UTME Scores of 140 for universities, 120 for Polytechnics and 100 for Colleges of Education were arrived at at the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Culled from JAMBulletin – 26-06-2023

JAMB Fixes 24th June 2023 Policy Meeting On Admissions

JAMB has fixed the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions for Saturday, 24th June, 2023. The event is scheduled to hold at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed the 2023 Policy Meeting on Admissions for Saturday, 24th June, 2023. The event is scheduled to hold at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.

During the meeting, stakeholders will discuss critical issues emanating from the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), sale of Direct Entry (DE) application documents in addition to setting the tone for the 2023/2024 Admission exercise in tertiary institutions.

The Policy Meeting will be chaired by the Hon. Minister of Education with all Heads of Tertiary Institutions in attendance along with such relevant regulatory bodies as the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).

In an invitation sent to all Heads of Institutions, the Board states that only two representatives each from respective tertiary institutions comprising the Head of the Institution and one official of the institution, who shall be nominated by the Head, will be welcomed.

Other critical issues slated for discussion at the Policy Meeting aside issues emanating from the presentation of the Registrar, JAMB, on the just-concluded UTME, are other issues of national importance particularly as they concerned the education sector.

The meeting is also expected to chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines, present and analyse application statistics, and candidates’ performance, as well as evaluate the 2023 Admission exercise.

Furthermore, the Policy Meeting, among other things, would decide the acceptable minimum admissible score to be applied in all admissions to be undertaken by all tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

It would be recalled that in 2022, the meeting granted institutions the power to set their minimum allowable cut-off marks for admission, which they cannot go below once adopted and general concessions reached. 

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The Argument of JAMB Arbitrary Score has Expired – Oloyede

The Registrar stated this when he received a delegation from the Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) on Tuesday, 30th May, 2023, who had paid him a courtesy visit at his office in Bwari, Abuja.

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has taken stock of the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) over the course of the past couple of years and submitted that the purported allegations of award of arbitrary score in the Board’s examination are no longer tenable.

This is not unconnected with the deployment of relevant technology to protect the sanctity of  its examination towards precluding any forms of infractions.

The Registrar stated this when he received a delegation from the Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) on Tuesday, 30th May, 2023, who had paid him a courtesy visit at his office in Bwari, Abuja.

The Registrar, who was speaking against the backdrop of the daily updates on progress and status of all admissions being conducted nationwide by all the over 900 tertiary institutions as presented on the dashboard of the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), pointed out that from his office he could see, not only the performance of the candidates, but their screening scores as well. He stated that it was not on account of the correlation of the scores of the high scoring candidates in the UTME with the institutions’ own screening ratings that the validity of the UTME as conducted by JAMB becomes evident.

Furthermore, he stated that those institutions which want to retest the candidates through the conduct of post-UTME are doing so based on outdated perception of the poor validity of JAMB scores.

“I have never discouraged any university from conducting post-UTME because I know it would get to a point that the futility of such would be so clear.”

“It is better they make post-UTME screening rather than examination as the argument that JAMB awards arbitrary scores has expired and can no longer be sustained.”

“Hence, there is no need for institutions to subject candidates to another round of examinations. 

Scores awarded by JAMB are not what they used to be,” he said.

Furthermore, the Registrar advised the universities against localising their intakes and urged them to ensure that their top 10 percent subscription have a global outlook to enhance quality, networking and community development.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, LASUED, Prof. Bidemi Bilkis Lafiaji-Okuneye, said the university’s functionaries had come to the Board’s Headquarters for a familiarisation visit as well as seek closer ties with the Board.

The Vice Chancellor thanked the Board for its support to the institution, promising that the university would not take such support for granted.

Prof. Lafiaji-Okuneye, a Professor of Health Education, was formerly the Provost of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) before she was appointed Vice Chancellor, LASUED, when the College was upgraded last year to a full-fledged degree-awarding institution.

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Important notice

Resumption of Direct Entry Exercise

You will recall that the Board commenced the 2023 Direct Entry registration on Monday, 20th February, 2023, but had to immediately suspend it following the discovery of the plethora of devices and machinations to circumvent and compromise the standard of A’ Level qualifications required from DE candidates.

You will recall that the Board commenced the 2023 Direct Entry registration on Monday, 20th February, 2023, but had to immediately suspend it following the discovery of the plethora of devices and machinations to circumvent and compromise the standard of A’ Level qualifications required from DE candidates. Recall that recent joint operations of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on DE qualifications brought to light some of these unsavoury and nefarious activities. Bayero University, Kano (BUK) has also consistently brought to the fore the high rate of forgery of A’ Level qualifications for DE.

2. For instance, it was discovered that, in previous years, some candidates used unacceptable and forged A’ Level certificates/qualifications to register for Direct Entry and eventually got admitted. For example, out of 148 candidates verified by BUK, only 6 were found to be genuine. By implication 142 of the results were forged. The Board, concerned stakeholders and institutions are working assiduously to detect such and the ones already found, are being dealt with according to the provisions of the law.

3. In order to further checkmate the anomaly and to also prevent recurrence of such irregularity, the Board has decided that the 2023 DE registrations will not only be restricted to JAMB PTCs but will also be done under strict supervision.

4. The Board has provided additional guidelines to all DE registration outlets (JAMB-owned centres), Officers of the Board and candidates on the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise: – 

  1. At the point of registration, all candidates must fill in: – 
    1. Registration/Matriculation Number of the previous school attended where the qualification was obtained;
    2. Subject(s) of qualification;
    3. Awarding Institution;
    4. Institution actually attended.
  2. The Board will only recognise and accept thirteen (13) qualifications/certificates for the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise as highlighted in the table below:-
  3. For those who desire to upgrade from UTME to DE, only candidates with 2023 qualifications (in view) and who also uploaded the required Awaiting Result documents would be allowed to do so (with effect from 2024 registration).
  4. ALREADY REGISTERED CANDIDATES (2023 DIRECT ENTRY) The one hundred and twenty-seven (127) candidates who had earlier registered for the 2023 Direct Entry, before the exercise was suspended, would be requested to return to the registration centres and update their application, so as to comply with the new registration processes.

JAMB Puts 2023 DE Registration On Hold

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended until further notice the ongoing 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise, which commenced on Monday, 20th February, 2023, with effect from Tuesday, 21st February, 2023.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended until further notice the ongoing 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise, which commenced on Monday, 20th February, 2023, with effect from Tuesday, 21st February, 2023.

The suspension, according to a statement issued by the Board, is to enable the deployment of certain measures, which are designed to better serve prospective candidates.

Consequently, the Board stated that a new date and fresh registration procedures, which will include Upload of JAMB Admission Letter in the case of OND and NCE, Admission Letter issued by universities in the case of University Diploma and Admission Letter issued by A’ Level examination bodies (IJMBE, JUPEB, etc), would be announced in due course so that candidates could proceed to JAMB offices nationwide to register.

It would be recalled that the Board had commenced DE registration on Monday, 20th February, 2023, and had slated it to end on Thursday, 20th April, 2023.

Candidates are also to note that only JAMB offices are approved to register them for Direct Entry.

Culled from JAMBulletin 27-02-2023

Final Day of the 2023 UTME Registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has finally decided to close the books on the 2023 UTME registration exercise as the extension announced the previous week elapsed on Wednesday, 22 February, 2023.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has finally decided to close the books on the 2023 UTME registration exercise as the extension announced the previous week elapsed on Wednesday, 22 February, 2023.

It will be recalled that the Board had granted the extension to accommodate candidates, who could not register for the 2023 UTME within the allowable window of Saturday, 14th January to Tuesday, 14th February, 2023, owing to exigencies related to recent developments in the country. 

At the close of the registration exercise, 1,595,779 candidates had successfully registered for the 2023 UTME. This number does not include the Direct Entry component of the exercise, which had commenced on Monday, 20th February, 2023 before it was put on hold on Tuesday, 21st February, 2023.

The Registrar’s monitoring team, which had gone round the country, was in Nasarawa and Delta States on the final day of the exercise to oversee its conclusion.

In Asaba, Delta State, the team visited Trinity Innovation Hub CBT Centre; Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku CBT Centre 1 and 2; Delta State Library CBT and others. It was, however, remarkable that none of these centres had any candidates waiting to be registered indicating that almost all candidates, who desire to register for the exercise had done so.

The same situation was replicated in many centres in Nasarawa State as few candidates were seen at all the centres a day to the closing date and even these were cleared before the close of work. Hense, from every indication, this year’s exercise is shaping up to be the smoothest the Board has ever had.

However, based on reports received from the various monitoring teams across the country, the Board would review its SIM number swap policy as it will now require the Telcos to confirm that the old SIM being put forward for swapping previously belonged to the applicant but had been issued to another person, which would, therefore, preclude the possibility of a SIM welcome back before such swapping would be approved.

Culled from JAMBulletin 27-02-2023

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prohibited Items

JAMB has prohibited the use of the following items during its examinations: watches, pens, biros, mobile phones, calculators, and more…

To ensure that the Board’s examinations meet best global practices, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has prohibited the use of the following items during its examinations. Candidates are hereby advised in their best interests NOT TO bring THESE ITEMS close to the examination venue. Any breach of this directive would bar the candidates from taking the examination.

  1. Watches
  2. Pen/Biro
  3. Mobile phones or similar electronic devices
  4. Spy reading glasses which should be scrutinized
  5. Calculators or similar electronic devices
  6. USB, CD, hard disks and or similar storage devices
  7. Books or any reading/writing material
  8. Cameras
  9. Recorders
  10. Microphones
  11. Ear pieces
  12. Ink/Pen readers
  13. Smart lenses
  14. Smart rings/jewellery
  15. Smart buttons
  16. Bluetooth devices
  17. Key holders
  18. ATM cards
  19. Erasers
  20. Handkerchief
  21. Face towels
  22. Money
  23. Hoodies
  24. Fez caps, beanie caps, and other forms of caps and hats
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Printing of the 2022 UTME notification slip commences April 30th

JAMB has directed all candidates who registered for the 2022 UTME to start printing their 2022 UTME notification slips from Saturday, 30th April, 2022

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all candidates who registered for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to start printing their 2022 UTME notification slips from Saturday, 30th April, 2022, ahead of this year’s exercise. 

The Director, Information Technology Services, Mr. Fabian Okoro, made the announcement via a statement released on the development.

According to the statement, the 2022 UTME notification slip is available for printing by all candidates who had registered for the 2022 UTME scheduled to hold from Friday, 6th May, 2022 to 14th May, 2022.

In the statement, the Director disclosed that the printing of examination notification slip is compulsory for all candidates, as it enables them to know the venue, date, session and time of their examination. He said, “All candidates are advised to print slips on time so as to know the location of their examination centres, date of their scheduled sessions and time of the examination beforehand especially with the adjustment in examination schedules this year. This would guide them in making necessary arrangements ahead of the exercise as the Board frowns at lateness to its examination, as no excuses would be entertained from any candidates as a stitch in time, saves nine.”

He stated further that “Candidates need not visit any CBT centres for the printing of the notification slip as it can be done at any available internet point, be it private or public. To print the slip, the candidates are to visit https://www.jamb.gov.ng then click on 2022 UTME slip printing then insert registration number to print.”

The slip contains candidates’ important details like registration number, the centre to which they are to sit the examination within their chosen examination town and the expected time to be at the centre. 

In a related development, the Board has reiterated that all candidates would be checked into the examination hall using the Biometric Verification Machine (BVM) which is also a register of attendance in line with the Board’s policy of “No biometric verification, no examination.” 

Candidates are also to note that no examination would be rescheduled for whatever reason. 

Therefore, all candidates are advised to prepare ahead and stay close to their examination venues, if possible, they should pay a prior visit to their centres before the date of the examination.

Candidates are also reminded that the ban on prohibited items is still in force. Therefore, candidates should be careful not to run foul of the law as necessary sanctions would be meted out to violators of its code of conduct.

The list of the banned items within the examination hall include, but not limited to: flash drives, smart watches, calculators, recorders, mobile phones, spy reading glasses, jewelleries, among others. 

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2022 UTME: JAMB READS RIOT ACT TO CANDIDATES

JAMB has reminded prospective candidates of the need to adhere strictly to examination etiquette, warning that stiff penalty awaits anyone who runs foul of the laid-down rules and regulations governing the examination.

Ahead of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) slated to hold between 6th and 14th May, 2022, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has reminded prospective candidates of the need to adhere strictly to examination etiquette, warning that stiff penalty awaits anyone who runs foul of the laid-down rules and regulations governing the examination.

The Board reiterated its zero tolerance for examination infractions and other unwholesome practices that could undermine the sanctity of its examination. 

According to the statement, the Board maintained that, as a responsible organisation, it is as usual, committed to providing a level playing field for all candidates in its upcoming 2022 UTME.

The Head, Public Affairs and Protocols (PAP), Dr. Fabian Benjamin, while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on the code of conduct expected of UTME candidates and the level of the Board’s preparations for the examination said, “The Board’s UTME, apart from being a medium for assessing candidates’ ability, is also used to rank their performance in a cohort of aspirants for tertiary education.”

He added that the UTME, as a standardised test, is guided by rules and regulations that must be strictly followed by both the examiners and examinees to arrive at a valid and specific objective.

He stated further, “Examination etiquette in encapsulated in the candidates’ code of conduct comprising rules and regulations that must be followed by all candidates before, during and after the examination.”He advised the candidates to strictly adhere to the examination schedule as stated in their notification slips which would be made available in due course and would feature the venue, scheduled date, session and time of the examination.

Dr. Benjamin urged all candidates to be at their examination venues at least an hour before the scheduled time so as to afford them the opportunity of going through biometric verification prior to their admittance into the examination hall. He said, any candidate who is 30 minutes late into the examination venue would not be allowed into the examination hall.

Continuing, he said, “all candidates are required to be seated only the allotted seats assigned to them and should follow the instructions as issued out to them by the examination officials and should not attempt to leave the examination hall until one hour after the commencement of the examination.”

The Board’s spokesman reminded the candidates that electronic gadgets and other unauthorised materials like eye glasses unless recommended; USB, fez caps, calculator, tape recorder, camera, wristwatch, bangles, cell phones, among others, are banned within the examination hall. 

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ALL IS SET FOR A HITCH-FREE 2022 UTME

JAMB has expressed optimism for a hitch-free Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) scheduled to hold between 6th and 16th, May, 2022.

Following the success recorded in the just-concluded mock examination nationwide, the Management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has expressed optimism for a hitch-free Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) scheduled to hold between 6th and 16th, May, 2022.

At the post-examination analysis held to conduct a post-mortem of the examination, the Registrar disclosed that the mock examination, which was conducted in about 757 centres across the federation, was held with little or now hitches. 

Accordingly, he stated that the Board was primed to deliver the most seamless examination ever, come May, 2022 and advised proprietors of Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres not to rest on their oars but consolidate on the success recorded in the mock examination and deliver an even better outcome in the main examination.

The Registrar stated that the Board instituted the mock examination principally to test its facilities and ascertain its readiness for the main UTME just as it provides candidates with the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with the testing system and application. This experience, he said would not only help to boost candidates’s confidence and alleviate test anxiety but also to eradicate technophobia on the part of candidates during the main UTME. 

Accordingly, the Registrar restated that the UTME is not just an avenue to test candidates on their abilities and knowledge, “but an avenue to test how well they would perform under pressure. We test, not tempt.”

Continuing, he said, “The mock examination provides candidates with the confidence they need to be as stress-free as possible on the day of the main examination.”

“This gives fillip to the truism that there is no better way to study than to test what one already knows. Taking the mock examination has been shown to be one of the most effective tests of readiness for the main examination.”

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