El-rufai: JAMB denies responsibility for lowering cut-off marks for northern candidates


Appeal by Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, should stop lowering the bar for candidates of Northern extraction seeking admission into higher institutions has drawn the reaction of the examination body.

El-Rufai in an interview with Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily said the north has been over-pampered since independence in all ramifications saying rather paying off it encouraging laziness in the region.

He went on to appeal to JAMB to desist from allegedly lowering cut-off marks for northern candidates.

The board distanced itself from the preferential treatment in an interview Head of Information and Media, Fabian Benjamin granted Punchng.

Benjamin told the paper it was not in JAMB’s place to allocate cut-off marks but the prerogative of institutions.

 “We don’t give preferential or differential cut-off marks to candidates. Candidates are admitted on the scores as defined by institutions. As for the UTME, they sit for the examination and it is what they obtain that is the basis for their selection after the policy meeting has authorised the commencement of admission,” the publication quoted him.

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