The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has clarified that cut-off points are not set by the body.
He explained that a policy committee chaired by the Minister of Education, with the Board, Vice-Chancellors, Provosts of Colleges of Education and Polytechnic Rectors as members, is saddled with the task.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said this at the news briefing on Tuesday in Bwari, in preparation for the conduct of this year’s UTME.
He described cut-off points to be a minimum requirement and not an indication that one was admissible.
The JAMB boss reiterated the Board’s resolve to prepare more after learning all the lessons from its past to organize for a successful examination.
“Following the continuous determination to curb the incidence of examination malpractice and other related offences, we will use the Biometric Verification Machine to verify candidates before admitting them for exam”, he said.
He added that JAMB registered a total of 1, 736, 571 candidates for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Oloyede also gave a breakdown of duly registered candidates for the 2017 UTME.
“In the last UTME conducted in 2016, a total of 1, 272, 284 candidates registered for the 2015.
“The figure for the 2017 UTME shows an increase of 464, 287 applicants when compared with last year’s figure of 1, 272, 284,” Oloyede said.
He disclosed that Imo state had the highest applications having 101, 868, this was followed by Osun, Oyo, and Ogun with 88, 655, 87, 811 and 81, 349, respectively among the top ten.
Others include, Delta – 81, 108, Anambra – 77, 253, Kaduna – 72, 104, Kano – 70, 276, Kogi – 70, 150 and Benue – 68, 916.