The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has adopted 140 as the minimum cut-off mark for universities in the 2022 admissions.

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NAN reports that the cut-off mark for polytechnics and colleges of education was pegged at 100.

Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, announced the decision on Thursday in Abuja at the 2022 policy meeting on admissions to varsities, Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE), and National Diploma (ND).

Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar, had displayed the minimum cut-off marks adopted by tertiary institutions.

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Unlike in 2021, the adopted cut-off marks revealed that institutions now have uniform cut-off marks for 2022 admissions.

On admission quotas for federal universities, Adamu said the merit quota remained at 45 percent, while that of the state universities falls between the indigene quota and the national quota.

“The national merit quota for state institutions is the first 10 percent irrespective of the location of the candidate, 35 percent allowed to indigenes of the state,” he said.

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A total number of 1,761,262 candidates applied for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) while 98,270 applied for Direct Entry (DE) into the universities through the board.

The meeting also resolved that December 31 would be the deadline for 2022 admissions into all public institutions and private institutions across the country for universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education.

The minister of education advised tertiary institutions to adopt a more flexible posture in the admissions process provided all actions were in compliance with the guidelines.

“Just as in the previous admissions exercises, the admissions criteria still remain as approved and circulated,” he added.

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“All institutions must therefore adhere strictly to them and all others prescribed by the regulatory bodies.

“This is particularly with regards to approved quotas, ratios, and other specifications meant for improved quality, accountability, and equity.”

In 2021, the exam body scrapped the general cut-off marks for admission into Nigeria’s tertiary institutions — for the first time in its 43-year-old history.

JAMB also fixed 160 as the minimum cut-off mark for varsities, 120 for polytechnics, and 100 for colleges of education in 2020.

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