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2019 UTME: We have not announced cut-off marks -JAMB

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says it has not published the national and general minimum cut- off marks for placement of candidates into the nation ’ s tertiary institutions as being speculated in some quarters .

The board ’ s Head, Media and Information , Dr Fabian Benjamin , disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Wednesday in Lagos .

According to him , there is no truth behind such speculations, adding that some persons , whom he described as fraudulent elements were behind the development with a ploy to defraud innocent Nigerians especially the candidates.

Benjamin said the cut- off marks could only be arrived at with the inputs of critical stakeholders in the education sector scheduled for days ahead .
“ We want to seize this opportunity to caution the public especially candidates, not to allow themselves to be swindled by these desperate individuals that are peddling this rumour .

“ The board is yet to come up with any cut-off mark for placements into the various tertiary institutions across the country.
“ The cut- off marks cannot be decided upon without the input of critical stakeholders of the education sector at an elaborate policy meeting , ” he said .

Benjamin explained that the next policy meeting would be held on Tuesday , June 11 , at Gbongan in Osun .
The spokesman noted that already , preparations for the meeting had been concluded, adding that officials of the Ministry of Education were expected to attend .

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According to him , other key stakeholders were also expected to grace the occasion , to determine the national cut- off mark .
He said that it was only after this had been achieved that the candidates would be availed of the cut- off marks of the various tertiary institutions across the country.

“ The cut- off marks are the minimum expectation for every institution and that does not mean by attaining such cut- off mark , it , therefore , means an automatic placement into schools of first choice .
“ We , therefore , want to appeal to the general public , especially the candidates not to fall prey to fraudsters .

“ The board will continue to provide information to the public on its processes and activities at every stage , ” Benjamin assured .
( NAN)

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