UI rejects JAMB cut-off mark, vows not to lower standards

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 25 August 2017 | 1,787 times

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The Management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has refused to accede to the recently announced cut-off marks of 120 for university admission, saying the institution will not lower her standards.

A statement from the office of the Vice Chancellor on Thursday indicated that the Nigeria’s premier university still maintains her position in academic excellence and standards in order to continue to aspire towards becoming a world-class university.

The statement reads: “It should worry us as patriots that candidates who scored just 30% in UTME can be admitted into some of our universities. Yet, we complain of poor quality of our graduates.

“You can hardly build something on nothing. The consolation here is that since JAMB started conducting this qualifying exam in 1978, UI has never admitted any candidate who scored less than 200 marks out of the maximum 400 marks.

“This translates to a minimum of 50%. This remains our position as an institution aspiring to be world-class. Reality is that only about four other universities in the country have such high standard. To that extent, apart from being the oldest, we are an elite university in the country at least judging by the quality of our intakes.”

Directing annoyance to the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Vice Chancellor repeatedly stressed: “At the Combined Policy Meeting held Tuesday, 22 August 2017, the Senate of each university still has wide powers for admission in the spirit of autonomy.

“It is also gratifying to note that the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who chaired the meeting, apologised publicly for cancelling Post UTME Screening last year.

“In effect, universities are now allowed to conduct Post UTME test, using modalities approved by the Senate of each institution.

“As strongly canvassed by us at every opportunity, for UI, the need to admit the best admission seekers is the primary motivation for Post UTME test and not money, even though we do not pretend that you can run any university so properly called without funds.”

Source: News Express

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