JAMB to announce new admission cut-off marks August 31

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and stakeholders are to meet to decide the minimum admission cut-off mark for the 2021/2022 academic session.

According to the Weekly Bulletin of Board obtained in Abuja on Sunday, the meeting which is scheduled for August 31 would be presided over by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

JAMB had last year set 160 and above as the cut-off mark for admission into universities, 120 for polytechnics and 100 for colleges of education. The Board is expected to announce the 2021 cut-off for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) after the meeting.

According to the Bulletin, the decision would be reached on the new minimum cut-off marks and other admission issues in a policy meeting.

The meeting, which has been approved by its chairman, Minister of Education would have all heads of tertiary institutions, heads of regulatory agencies in the sector, among other stakeholders in attendance.

The bulletin read: “This (policy) meeting kick-starts the admission process into the nation’s tertiary institutions. It will discuss critical issues emanating from the presentation of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry applications, in addition to setting the tone for the 2021/2022 Admission exercise.

“The meeting is expected to chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines and present application statistics, candidates’ performance as well as evaluate the 2020 Admission exercise.

” The meeting, in addition to other deliberations, would take a stand on acceptable minimum admissions standards to be applied in all admissions to be undertaken by all tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

“Given the critical nature of the decisions to be taken at the meeting, it would be streamed live on the Board’s website,, on its Facebook handle “@JAMBULLETIN” and other social media platforms.

“The Board makes it clear that it is an abuse of process for any institution to commence any admission exercise before this meeting as it is this forum that gives this authorisation.”


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