Columns and Opinions across Nigerian Newspapers


JAMB and the Politics of Cut-off Marks - I have followed with keen interest the controversy over the announcement of cut-off marks for Nigeria’s admission processes for the 2017/2018 session, with many commentators and the general public insisting that it is unwise, insensitive and retrogressive, to reduce the cut off mark for admissions into our tertiary institutions: 120 for universities, 100 for polytechnics and monotechnics, and a tentative 110 for Innovative Enterprise Institutions (IEIs). Whereas the complaint has been that there is a dumbing down and lowering of standards, which is, of course, an obvious reaction, I argue that there is the need for a better understanding of the context in which the decision was taken in the hope that this would shed some light on this controversial matter.