The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced 160 as the 2020 cut-off mark for admission into Nigerian universities for the 2019/2020 academic session.
JAMB said the cut-off mark for Polytechnic is 120 while that of Colleges of Education and other innovative institutions stands at 100.
Speaking at the 2020 policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions on Tuesday, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said 612, 557 candidates were offered admission in 2019 out of the 1.8 Million that wrote the examination.
He said about 510,957 admission spaces were unused by tertiary institutions in 2019.
He said candidates waiting for their results will only be considered when they are uploaded on its website.
In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu directed JAMB and tertiary institutions to proceed with the conduct of 2020/2021 admissions.
He said admission processes are expected to commence in August based on the guidelines released by JAMB.
The minister who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, appealed to JAMB and tertiary institutions to consider candidates with previous years’ Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results for the admission process.
This is against the backdrop of the senior secondary school examination calendar by the Covid-19 health crisis.
He said the government will make an arrangement to accommodate applicants who will be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so is worked out.
“As major stakeholders, we must jointly come up with reactions that would realign our programmes to these new realities. While these reactions are being fine-tuned to check their capacities and capabilities to withstand the new reality,” he said.
According to him, JAMB and the tertiary institutions could take advantage of the current situation and consider candidates with previous years’ Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results, to proceed on with the admission process.
“Whatever arrangement that the country comes up in the long run, will surely accommodate those who will be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so is worked out.”
The JAMB cut-off marks are coming at a time when must students are at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.