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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has
claimed that its 120 cut-off mark will put an end to back-
door admission in the country.

The exam body added that it had introduced a Central
Admissions and Processing System to monitor compliance
with the minimum prescribed cut-off mark and other
admission guidelines, as well as empower candidates to
track the process of admission.

The Head of Public Affairs, JAMB, Mr. Fabian Benjamin,
said this in a statement issued on Monday.

According to the statement, high cut-off mark is
responsible for the flight of many Nigerians to “glorified
secondary schools called universities” in neighboring
countries and an increased pressure on the Naira to pay
school fees in foreign currencies.

The statement added, “The cut-off marks previously
brandished to the public were never strictly followed by
most institutions. Some were going behind to admit
candidates with far less scores, while others admitted
candidates who never sat for the Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination.

“This act, to say the least, is very distasteful and damaging
to our national data and identity. Unfortunately, the public
has been kept away from this fact for such a long time
and now that we are saying it the way it is and working to
address it, the public is criticizing us and using non-
existing parameters that only announced and not

Adding that the JAMB would not relent in “supporting
policies that would bring our education system out of the
woods’’, the statement said that it would pursue the quest
to ensure realistic benchmarks for national development.

“It is necessary to explain that the 120 cut-off mark does
not in any way suggest that if you score 120 admission is
guaranteed. Institutions will admit from the top to the least
mark. It’s also a known fact that for you to study a course,
say Hausa, in Nigerian universities, you will need a credit
in Mathematics.

“However, in London, all you will need is a credit in Hausa
and English. This and many other poorly thought-out
policies have pushed frustrated candidates out of Nigeria
to the developed and neighboring African nations for
education, which they could not get at home.

“The issue that all of us should be concerned about is how
to address the flight of Nigerians to glorified secondary
schools called universities in Ghana, Uganda, even in The
Gambia and other countries. How do we ensure that
whatever we do has positive multiplier effects on other
sectors of the economy, if we deny our candidates the
opportunity to school in Nigeria?,’’ it added.

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