Cut-off-Mark: JAMB’s Critics Are Ignorant – Registrar

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has described those criticising the 160 cut off mark which was recently set by the Board for admission into public universities for the 2019/2020 academic session as being ignorant.

He said they are ignorant of the mandate of the examination board.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede. Photo: Tribune
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede. Photo: Tribune

The Registrar, who stated this in an interview with journalists when he came for his certificate verification exercise at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), explained that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is about ranking of candidates and space available in the Nigerian tertiary institutions.

Oloyede stated that with over one million vacancies in the tertiary institutions, if all the candidates who scored 180 and above should be taken, they would not fill the available quota for the 2019/2020 admission exercise.


“Most of the comments are based on ignorance. JAMB does not conduct an examination to have a result of pass or fail. There is no pass or fail in JAMB exam because it is a ranking examination not an achievement examination.

“Every candidate that is seeking admission is already qualified by O’level result. If you go to study abroad, nobody is going to ask for your JAMB result.

“The people that are complaining have forgotten that the purpose of UTME is to rank those who were already qualified and see how many of them can be taken.

“And it is the availability of space that would determine how many would be taken. Such ignorant persons comment because they are not aware of the situation,” Oloyede stated.


The UNILORIN certificate screening exercise commenced last year with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, being the first to present his certificate for verification.

The JAMB Registrar, like every staff member of the university, is expected to undergo the mandatory certificate screening exercise.

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