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5 things the new JAMB cut-off marks will mean for Nigerian students

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the cut-off marks for Nigerian tertiary institutions while also lifting the ban for post UTME examination. Report show that these decisions were taken at the 2017 Combined Policy Meetings on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria which ended on Tuesday, August 22. What do these new cut off marks mean for Nigerian students? Below are some likely consequences:

 1. Universities will determine admission The new cut-off marks and reintroduction of the Post UTME mean one thing - Universities will now be more in charge of determining who gains admission than before. This is because when students scale through the cut-off marks which have now been lowered, universities will now have to prune the large number through the screening tests they will administer

. 2. JAMB malpractice With the earlier cut-off mark of 180, many students who found it hard to hit the mark, turned to examination malpractice. However, the lowered score might mean many will find it easier. This means they will not have to turn to examination malpractice to pass the exam.

 3. Lowering standards A major disadvantage is that the lower standards will likely encourage laziness and mediocrity among students since it will not require hard work or any serious studying to get the score for the cut-off mark.

 4. Students will prepare more for Post UTME It is also obvious that students will now shift their focus from studying hard for the JAMB examination to studying more for the Post UTME, which will determine their fate.

 5. More students will go for a university education It is common for students unable to hit the JAMB cut-off for university education to fall back on gaining admission into the polytechnic. However, with the new cut-off marks, many more students will opt for a university education.


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