The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), has insisted it does not give “preferential cut-off marks” to UTME students from the northern part of Nigeria who take the unified tertiary examination.
It should be recalled that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State earlier called on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to stop giving “preferential scores” to students in Northern Nigeria.
The Governor appeared on ‘Sunrise Daily’ of Channels Television and said it was wrong for UTME students in the north to be treated preferentially.
El-Rufai said that all students in the country should receive the same cut-off marks and not lower cut-off marks for the students in the North.
In a statement on Tuesday, Fabian Benjamin, head of the information and media board, reacted by saying that the examining body does not grant anybody preferential cuts-off marks.
“JAMB doesn’t give preferential cut-off marks to candidates. Candidates are only admitted according to the scores defined by institutions.
”The students sit for the UTME examination and it is what they obtain that is the basis for their selection after the policy meeting has authorised the commencement of admission.
“What people refer to as the cut-off mark is the minimum score and each institution sets its own minimum score; it is a function of performance in the UTME for the year, subscription to programmes and institutions.
”The determining factor is the subscription to a particular programme or school. If the subscription is very low, then it will affect the minimum score for the programme,” he said.