Some Nigerian students that performed poorly in the last post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) may have jumped into jubilation when they heard that the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) had dropped cut-off to accommodate them.

That decision to reduce the cut-off mark from 180 to 120 has, however, received criticism from different quarters and some educationists believe it comes with grave danger for Nigeria's education system that is terribly low.

Professor Pauline Okon and Mr Biodun Adewale are not in support of the reduction in the cut off mark for entry into Nigeria’s educational institutions to 120, the lowest that most Nigerians have seen.

Professor Okon, a professor emeritus of University of Abuja, highlighted a few dangers Nigeria faces with such a low cut-off mark.

1. It will encourage laziness among students.

2. It is capable of causing a ripple effect on the standard of education in Nigeria which is at the moment very low.

3. The Nigerian economy, which is currently fragile, depends on the ability of the fresh graduates to contribute to building the economy. But when the graduates are not even average students, there is a big problem.

4. What goes around comes around. Teachers who will teach our children and grandchildren in the future are expected to go to these universities with a cut-off mark of 120 and come out with nothing to show for them.

5.  Students brains are not being challenged and this will make them non-innovative and less smart.

6. It will lead to a troubling future for Nigeria.

Mr Adewale is a teacher with Shining Star College and he feels disappointed by the reason given by JAMB to reduce the cut-off mark.

Adewale said told the News Agency of Nigeria that instead of reducing the cut-off mark, JAMB should work with the government to improve Nigeria’s educational system.

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“The British universities tend to have a more lenient system for admission when compared to other countries like U.S, Canada, Australia and more.

“Not to mention that the Nigerian and British systems requirements are pretty much quite similar yet many students travel out especially to the UK to get their post-secondary degrees.

“The reason given by JAMB does not hold water because we know that the inability to get admitted to Nigerian schools isn’t the reason why most schools aren’t taking people.

"Let’s not forget that it is harder to get admission to a good accredited school abroad.

“The major reasons people travel out are because we have a mediocre educational system and we have a problem with regular strikes causing students to spend more time in school than required.

"JAMB dropping the scores only increased the level of mediocrity in our system and this will eventually cause more students to seek quality education abroad,” he stressed.

 

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