2020 admission: JAMB sets 160 as minimum benchmark for varsities

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By Shola Abayomi.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has announced 160 and above as the national minimum benchmark for 2020 admissions into public universities in the country.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Board, shortly after the 20th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria, which held virtually in Abuja with Heads of Tertiary Institutions.

The meeting also approved 140 as minimum Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination score for admission into private universities; 120 UTME score for public polytechnics; and 100 for Colleges of Education, innovative enterprises and institutes.

In his remarks, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, urged tertiary institution heads not to hike admission screening charges above N2,000.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who also spoke at the meeting, warned tertiary institutions against reopening without the approval of the Federal Government.

Nwajiuba added, “While we look forward to easing the lockdown which will ultimately lead to re-opening of our campuses, I urge all the Heads of institutions not to wait till the announcement on reopening before putting in place all necessary measures in compliance with the protocols and advisories of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.”

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