The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Vice Chancellors of Universities and the National Association of Nigerian Students unanimously reject the recently announced JAMB cut off mark for admission into higher institutions in Nigeria.
ASUU said the action, which it described as a “sad policy decision,” was in tandem “with the dream of the present government to destroy public universities in the country.”
Vice Chancellors who have commented on this have maintained that they would not lower admission standards in their respective varsities .
According to them, the decision would add no value to the nation’ s university system.
A statement issued by the Vice- Chancellor , University of Ibadan , Prof. Idowu Olayinka, on the issue and released by his Media Assistant , Mr . Sunday Saanu, stated that it would never admit any candidate that scored 120 in the UTME .
UI has never admitted any candidate who scored less than 200 marks out of the maximum 400 marks .
This remains our position as an institution aspiring to be world -class .
He however , commended the decision of the Federal Government to re -introduce the post- UTME test and exonerated the incumbent JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede , from the cancellation of the test two sessions ago.
On his part, the Vice- Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education , Ogun State , Prof. Oluyemisi Obilade , said that the institution will never go below 180.
The Chairman of ASUU at the University of Ibadan , Dr . Deji Omole , said the JAMB registrar simply lowered cut- off marks to favour the interests of the friends of government who own private universities and are hell bent on destroying public education. ”
Omole said it was vital for JAMB to be scrapped in order to save the nation’s education and its future.
The Vice- Chancellor , Obafemi Awolowo University , Prof. Tope Ogunmodede , said Traditionally, OAU has never admitted students who scored below 200 in the UTME. For us, we are sticking to 200.
Similarly, the President of NANS, Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Thursday, threatened that the decision would be resisted if JAMB refused to adhere to the status quo.