Current News: ASUU, VCs, NANS Kick Against JAMB 2017 Cut-off Marks: Report has it that Vice- Chancellors and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have rejected the cut-off mark of marks set by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.
It would be recalled that JAMB two days ago announced cut-off mark of 120 for universities and 100 for polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education.
ASUU has described this as a “sad policy decision, ” saying it was in tandem with the dream of the present government to destroy public universities in the country .
Vice Chancellors who have commented on this have maintained that they would not lower admission standards in their respective varsities .
According to them, the decision would add no value to the nation’ s university system.
A statement issued by the Vice- Chancellor , University of Ibadan , Prof. Idowu Olayinka, on the issue and released by his Media Assistant , Mr . Sunday Saanu, stated that it would never admit any candidate that scored 120 in the UTME .
UI has never admitted any candidate who scored less than 200 marks out of the maximum 400 marks .
This remains our position as an institution aspiring to be world -class .
He however , commended the decision of the Federal Government to re -introduce the post- UTME test and exonerated the incumbent JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede , from the cancellation of the test two sessions ago.
On his part, the Vice- Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education , Ogun State , Prof. Oluyemisi Obilade , said that the institution will never go below 180.
The Chairman of ASUU at the University of Ibadan , Dr . Deji Omole , said the JAMB registrar simply lowered cut- off marks to favour the interests of the friends of government who own private universities and are hell bent on destroying public education. ”
Omole said it was vital for JAMB to be scrapped in order to save the nation’s education and its future.
The Vice- Chancellor , Obafemi Awolowo University , Prof. Tope Ogunmodede , said Traditionally, OAU has never admitted students who scored below 200 in the UTME. For us, we are sticking to 200.
Similarly, the President of NANS, Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Thursday, threatened that the decision would be resisted if JAMB refused to adhere to the status quo.