The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics says the new cut-off mark for admission into universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education will affect the standard of education.
The President of the union, Mr. Usman Dutse, on Friday in Lagos said the union did not buy the decision of JAMB and what it intended to achieve with the development.
Dutse said, “We believe that the cut-off mark is too low, and if adopted by institutions, will affect standard and value will be eroded.
“In the past, for various institutions in Nigeria even the 180 cut-off mark approved by JAMB is low and now they are bringing it down to 120-100.
“For any examination in the world and any global ranking, there is nowhere is 25 per cent used as the pass mark.
“We do not know what the bases are and what it intends to achieve.
“The suggested cut-off mark is not good for the development of education and the candidates.’’
“Sincerely, we are not comfortable with the policy.
“There was no much consultation with the stakeholders on the decision, JAMB only held a meeting with some heads of institutions once to inform them on what they intend to do,”.
“With the 120 cut-off for universities and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education, it means that the weak, the good, the bad and the ugly will be admitted.
“Over 1.6 million students applied for universities and the carrying capacity fo all the institutions is about 500,000. Where are they going to put the remaining students?
“This new policy will affect merit because if everybody qualifies, that means ‘long leg’, corruption, connection and lobbying will mar the admission process as many will want to find a way to get admitted.
“Sincerely, this is not a welcome policy,’’.