100 is the minimum UTME score for higher education admissions


The heads of higher educational institutions in Nigeria have agreed that 100 would be the minimum score of candidates for the 2020/2021 admissions.

This applies particularly to entrants into colleges of education in the country.

Also, they adopted 120 for polytechnics and 160 for universities.

Recall that candidates had written the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in March prior to the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The institutional heads met virtually on Tuesday, June 16 at the Admissions Policy Meeting convened by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which conducts the UTME annually.

Speaking during the 2020 policy meeting on admissions, JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, said no institution was allowed to go below the minimum score pegged for admission.

Based on the guidelines released by JAMB during the meeting, 2020 admissions for first choice is expected to commence in August.

In his words, “One of the decisions taken was that universities will have minimum score point of UTME as decided by each of the universities.

”For the polytechnics and colleges of education, it is also as decided by each of the institutions except that no institution would be allowed to admit a candidate for universities if you have scored less than 160 in UTME but that is not the only thing that will be taken for admission.

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“Some of them will do Post- UTME and some of them will do physical assessment and that will be added to it (UTME score) to determine the cut-off or what we call the minimum score.

“The minimum score as decided at the meeting for universities will be 160, for polytechnics will be 120 and for colleges of education will be 100. That does not mean that it is to be accepted and we have seen what each institution has decided.

“Nobody can admit a candidate with a score less than what the institution prescribed, that’s, the who set 210 can be 210 not 209. Those who set 200 is 200 but nobody is allowed to go below 160 for universities.”

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