FG Approves Cut-Off Marks For 2013/2014 UTME

The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja approved cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions for the 2013/2014 academic session.


The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, announced the cut-off marks into Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and other degree-awarding  institutions as 150 while 180 is for federal universities.

Rufa’i said this at the Fourth Combined Policy Meeting on Admission to Degree-Awarding Institutions, National Diploma (ND), Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and National Innovation Diploma (NID) awarding institutions.

She said the meeting was to plan for the selection of qualified candidates into the nations tertiary institutions and also to restore confidence in the education system.

“I implore all stakeholders to follow the Federal Government’s guidelines on admission which stipulates a 70:30 Technology/Non-Technology ratio for ND programmes.

“Also, 60:40 Science/Arts ratio for Degree and Nigeria Certificate in Education programmes and also to observe the criteria on merit, catchments and educationally less developed states.

“In addition, we must not forget the carrying-capacity of our institutions as approved by the accrediting bodies,’’ she said.

According to her, the accreditation bodies are the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).

Rufa’i said in order to enhance the carrying capacities of the country’s institutions the ministry had undertaken continuous development and rehabilitation of infrastructure in the institutions of higher learning.

She, however, said the Tertiary Education Trust Fund had disbursed N256.4 billion over the past three years for diverse development activities in the institutions.

She said that at the polytechnic level all the 51 Federal and state and polytechnics had benefited from rehabilitation and upgrading of their laboratories to 21st century standards at a total of N15 billion.

She said that this had helped to enhance the teaching and learning process in the institutions.

She also said that work had also started on the construction of micro-teaching laboratories in our colleges of education.

The minister also said that all Federal Colleges of Education and one state College of Education per state would benefit from this, making a total of 58 institutions at a cost of N11.6 billion.

“I am pleased that these interventions continue to translate to expanded carrying capacity in our institutions.

“For this academic year, we expect carrying capacity to increase from 400,691 admitted last year to over 500,000.

“I urge all institutions to carefully examine their carrying capacities in relation to their expanding infrastructure. You must make sure that you fill the quota for each course.’’

She called on all institutions to adhere to the admission timetable as prepared by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Rufa’i commended JAMB on the successful conduct of the 2013 UTME.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, said the meeting was to prepare grounds for needed capital development to engineer the Nigerian Technological growth that would be attained through quality and functional education of the citizens.

“Let me remind all the federal institutions that the ratio of 45:35:20 for merit, catchment and educationally less-developed states, respectively, is still in force and should be adhered to strictly to ensure national cohesion.

“All Nigerians must be given the opportunity to mix and educate freely in any part of the country.’’

Ojerinde also said the ratio of 40:40:20 for state-owned institutions must be strictly adhered to


  • What is the fed ministry of education doing about posting youth coppers that are not trained as teacher to teach in schools.I think this contribute more than 60% of down fall of enducational standard in the country.The fed govt shld look into this problem,with effect from the nxt batch of NYSC that will commenced 25 of this month.

  • This article on jamb score for federal institution is cabdo rejectimental: considering the rate at which jamb treated their customers dis year in conducting the most riduculous jamb exams. The minister should have been considerate enough to bring it low to at least 170 to allow more Nigerian student to take up d post ume exams to have more advantage into the universities. Its better to get it right as it was obvious jamb failed dis time in their choice of failing more students just for not been scraped and wants to make a mark in the national building but ended up making mockry of their credibility. Minister get it rigth for once. Take a look at d falling standard of education in the country.

    • Pls they should tell †̥̥h̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ jamb board to resell change of institute Ȋ̝̊̅§ very important

  • 180 out of 400? Or has the total score changed? Is this supposed to improve the very low standard of tertiary education in Nigeria? This is ridiculous. What kind of graduates do we intend to produce?

  • How many schools have worked with FG’s CUT-OFF marks over the years? FG saying their own, schools doing what they know how to do best

  • What the fuck did they mean by that after failing almost 70% of student and faking it by calling it mass failure and they dont wanna reduce the cut off mark for universities why not reducing it since you reduce that of the polytechnic ,to hell with the so called FG

  • Well its gud sha, but ow ar we sure d institutns are goin 2 folow d instructn, bcos sme institutn like unilorin is vry strict about cut off. which is 200

  • Its ok. If u chose Delsu and u got 180.do not b ignorant,the form xpires on the 19th.for any kind of help eg registration etc..cal 08065746173

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