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FG pledges to look into controversy over JAMB cut-off marks for students

29 July 2015, 11:50

Abuja - The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja pledged to look into the controversy over the cut-off marks for students sitting seeking for admission into universities.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, MacJohn ‎Nwaobiala‎, said this to State House correspondents after briefing President Muhammed Buhari on the activities of the ministry.

According to him, the matter is being resolved as consultations are on to see where adjustment can be made.

Nwaobiala, therefore, urged students who made the cut-off marks to proceed to their universities of first and second choices to write the post-University Matriculation Examinations (UME).

Also read: JAMB to re-distribute candidates with lower scores to other universities

On the meeting with President Buhari, the Permanent Secretary said the president expressed concern over the persistent delay in the payment of teachers' salaries by some state governments.

‎Nwaobiala‎, who led the ministry’s delegation to the briefing, said the President was "pained" by the plight of the teachers, some of who were owed up to12 months' salary arrears.

‎He said the President also frowned at the low rating of Nigerian universities among their peers around the World.

The Permanent Secretary, however, told the president that some of the ratings were misinterpreted ‎as the rating of Nigerian universities had been‎ improving.

He said the Ministry’s main priority for now, was to return school children, displaced by terrorist activities in the country, back to schools as well as getting more enrolment of children into schools.


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