JAMB yet to set cut-off marks for 2019 academic session – Official

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has not published the national and general minimum cut-off marks for placement of candidates into the nation’s tertiary institutions as being speculated in some quarters.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos. According to him, there is no truth behind such speculations, adding that some persons, whom he described as fraudulent elements, were behind the development with a ploy to defraud candidates who sat for the examination.

Benjamin said the cut-off marks can only be arrived at with the inputs of critical stakeholders in the education sector, scheduled for days ahead, adding that “we want to seize this opportunity to caution the public, especially candidates, not to allow themselves to be swindled by these desperate individuals that are peddling this rumour.

“The board is yet to come up with any cut-off mark for placements into the various tertiary institutions across the country. The cut-off marks cannot be decided upon without the inputs of critical stakeholders in the education sector at an elaborate policy meeting,” he said.

The JAMB spokesman explained that the next policy meeting would be held on June 11, at Gbongan in Osun state, disclosing that already, preparations for the meeting have been concluded.

Expected at the meeting are officials of the Ministry of Education and other key stakeholders to determine the national cut-off mark. He said that it was only after this had been achieved that the candidates would be availed of the cut-off marks of the various tertiary institutions across the country.

“The cut-off marks are the minimum expectation for every institution and that does not mean by attaining such cut-off mark, it therefore, means an automatic placement into schools of first choice.

“We therefore, want to appeal to the general public, especially the candidates not to fall prey to fraudsters. The board will continue to provide information to the public on its processes and activities at every stage,” Benjamin assured

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