JAMB decides admission cut-off marks, NATAP-M Awards

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and stakeholders are to meet to decide the minimum admission cut-off mark for the 2022/2023 academic session.

This was disclosed in the board’s weekly bulletin, which was made available in Abuja on Monday.

The meeting between the board and other agencies which is scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2022, would be presided over by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

The examination body noted that Thursday is scheduled for two events which will be held at the same place. The Policy Meeting and the third edition of the NATAP-M Awards, the Minister of Education would chair the policy meeting as well as serve as the chief host of the NATAP-M Awards Ceremony.

According to JAMB, “The two events, which are scheduled to be held on the same day and place, will have in attendance heads of tertiary institutions, heads of regulatory agencies in the education sector, and other critical stakeholders such as Chairmen of the Committee on Education at the lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly.”

According to the management of the board, the policy meeting, which is to kick-start the 2022 admission process into the nation’s tertiary institutions, will be held before the National Tertiary Admissions
Performance-Merit Awards (NATAP-M).

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The board added that the policy meeting will discuss critical issues emanating from the presentation to be given by the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, on the just-concluded 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, Direct Entry Applications, in addition to setting the tone for the 2022/2023 admission exercise.

“The policy meeting is expected to chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines and present application statistics, candidates’ performance, as well as evaluate the 2021 admission exercise. The meeting, among other things, will take a stand on acceptable minimum admission standards to be applied in all admissions to be undertaken by all tertiary institutions.”

The second event of the day, which is the 3rd Edition of the NATAP-M Awards, is an initiative of the Board to promote excellence in tertiary institutions.

The year 2022 NATAP-M Awards is the third edition and is meant for the 2020 Admission Session, which could not be in 2021 as most institutions were unable to conduct their admissions within the specified time frame due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Awards are in five categories: The Most Subscribed Institutions by Candidates, the Most National Institution in terms of Admission Spread, and the Most Compliant in Keeping the Rules and Regulations on Admissions.

Other categories are: the institution with the Highest Number of Admission of International Students and the Most Improved Institution in Gender Balance over the Previous Year.

For this 3rd Edition, the Board disclosed that it had obtained relevant approvals to increase by 150% the value of its previous Awards for maximum impact.

Based on the newly-approved rates for the 3rd Edition, the winner of each of the five categories would take home the sum of N75m while the first runner-up for each of the categories would take N15m, the second runner up would take N10m, making a total of N100m per each category of award.

The NATAP-M Awards first edition was held in 2018, which was meant for admissions conducted in 2017, the 2nd Edition was held in 2019.

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