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ASUU Disappointed Over 120 Cut Off Marks for University Admission


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday expressed disappointment over the 120 cut off marks for entry into Nigerian Universities.
The body lashed out at the Federal Government describing the move as “a sad policy decision for the future of Nigeria.”
Chairman ASUU, University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole accused the Federal Government of harbouring intent to destroy the country’s education system
Omole, who accused the JAMB registrar of presiding over illegality, insisted that the decision on the cut-off mark is a sad policy decision for the future of Nigerian education.
According to Omole, rather than sanctioning the identified universities who admitted over 17,000 students illegally, the JAMB registrar simply regularised illegality and lowered cut-off marks to favour the interests of the friends of government who owns private universities and are hell bent on destroying public education.
He said: “It is sad that the present administration’s dream was to destroy education in Nigeria.
“Where are those the JAMB registrar said entered universities illegally? which universities admitted them? If 30percent did not take JAMB and found their way into the university system is that not corruption and a message that JAMB is not significant anymore? What sanction did those who did the illegal thing receive other than regularization of illegality?
“We are watching because long before now we have said that JAMB has outlived its usefulness. Let the universities set their unique standards and those who are qualified can come in. 120/400 is 30percent. Even in those days 40percent was graded as Pass. But now JAMB said with F9 which is scoring 30percent you can be admitted. They deliberately want to destroy education.
“Even for polytechnic 100 marks is 25 percent. It is sad. And that is where we are in Nigeria. They want to destroy public education at all cost. This is not setting standard for education in Nigeria. It is purely lowering standards and digging grave for the future. This is why ASUU is currently on the struggle to influence the government to do the needful for education in Nigeria.”
It would be recalled that, JAMB Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede had in agreement with other stakeholders announced 120 and 100 as the minimum scores for admission into University and Polytechnic respectively.
He was quoted saying, “30 % of those in higher institutions do not take JAMB or have less than the cut-off marks. The admission process is now automated with direct involvement of the registrar of JAMB for final approval. We have agreed to regularize admissions that were done under the table this year. From next year we will not accept anything like that.”

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