JAMB Scrappe 120 Cut Off Marks – Ezekwesili, Adeniyi Opposed

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JAMB Scrappe 120 cut off marks
JAMB Scrappe 120 Cut Off Marks Ezekwesili, Adeniyi Opposed.  A former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili has opposed the 120 cut-off marks set by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The Chairman of the Editorial Board of ThisDay Newspaper has also condemned the decision.
JAMB Scrappe 120 cut off marks
JAMB Scrappe 120 Cut Off Marks – Ezekwesili, Adeniyi Opposed

Both leaders spoke at the weekend at the teens’ career conference organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Abuja. Ezekwesili explained that the measure would encourage mediocrity in the country’s educational system.

 She called for a reform of the system, adding that there was the need to grant universities autonomy to determine the standard required to admit students. “What we need to do is to make JAMB an examination regulatory body. We need to give our universities the opportunity to set standards, so that we do not sacrifice competitiveness in the process,” she said.

Adeniyi, who initiated the teen’s conference, said it was absurd for JAMB to have fixed such low cut off marks, which translated to 30 per cent per subject. He noted: “30 per cent used to be F9 even in those days. To now state that people who scored F9 should be admitted into the university is unfortunate. It is even worse for the polytechnic with 100 cut off, which is 25 per cent out of the maximum 400 marks.

“The measure would have negative impact on the teenagers, because the clear message would be that we no longer have standards in the country. It is a shame that a self-respecting authority as the JAMB would sanction such a thing.”

Adeniyi, who initiated the teen’s conference, said it was absurd for JAMB to have fixed such low cut off marks, which translated to 30 per cent per subject. He noted: “30 per cent used to be F9 even in those days. To now state that people who scored F9 should be admitted into the university is unfortunate. It is even worse for the polytechnic with 100 cut off, which is 25 per cent out of the maximum 400 marks.

“The measure would have negative impact on the teenagers, because the clear message would be that we no longer have standards in the country. It is a shame that a self-respecting authority as the JAMB would sanction such a thing.”
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