JAMB’s Head of Information and Media, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, has said on Tuesday, September 7, that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of kaduna State, is wrong for assuming that, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), favours Northern students to other students in other states of the country.
The Spokesperson of JAMB, made this remarks, in reaction to Governor El-Rufai’s comments, made on Monday, during a television programme.
Nasir El-Rufai, had on a television programme said, students from Northern States, should be left to compete favourably with their counterparts from other parts of the country, and not be awarded lower cut-off marks for entrance into tertiary institutions.
In a swift reaction, the Admissions and Matriculation Board, retorted that, the board does not award ‘preferential cut-off marks’ to Northern students who sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Board was also quick to add that, the Kaduna State Governor, was wrong for making such unverified allegation against the prestigious institution; stressing that, JAMB does not give special privileges to any student, from any part of the country.
Mr. Benjamin with emphasis, upheld that, JAMB had not been setting the minimum scores for schools since its inception in 1978 as a government agency saddled with the responsibility of “conducting matriculation examinations for entry into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the country…”
He again stated that,
“We don’t give preferential or differential cut-off marks to candidates. Candidates are admitted on the scores as defined by institutions. As for the UTME, they sit for the examination and it is what they obtain, that is the basis for their selection, after the policy meeting has authorized the commencement of admission.
He then reiterated that,
“There are no ‘preferential cut-off marks’ for anybody. What people refer to as ‘cut-off mark’, is the minimum score; and each institution sets its own minimum score; it is a function of performance in the UTME for the year, subscription to programmes and institutions…
JAMB Spokesman also said that, it is how many candidates and programmes applied for, ‘that push the minimum score either up or down’; all depending on institutions or programmes applied for.
“The determining factor is the subscription to a particular programme or school. If the subscription is very low, technically, it will affect the minimum score for the programme.”