The issue of why NDU maintained its minimum cutoff mark of 160 despite overwhelming poor performance in the recent Jamb examination has beaten the imagination of stakeholders from various quarters.

Suffice to say that educational standards and best practices need to be in place to checkmate the poor performance of graduates being churned out by universities to the workplace – the above nonetheless, one could only wonder if Jamb 2021/2022 performance data was considered by NDU before taking a stand on 160.

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Consultations from various quarters revealed that many stakeholders, in addition to the recipients (Jambites) expressed shock over NDU’s decision to stick to 160 as its minimum cutoff marks.

The Immediate Consequences

It did not take months before the effect of the 2021/2022 Jambite’s poor performance and NDU’s consequent decision to play out. 3 weeks into Post UTME application, the slow rate of application have become very noticeable that the blind man does not need reminder to understand the reason for slow application.

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In the short run, cafes who hoped to make income from the application are at the forefront of this action. Café outlets in Amassoma, Yenagoa and across surrounding communities have expressed worries not just over the low NDU Post UTME application but also over how the clearance period will look like.

One would also expect that the NDU ICT in charge of Post UTME application would intimate management on the new reality on ground so that management would reconsider where appropriate.

Possible Future Consequences

With recorded increased admission capacity of 7,600, it is possible that the NDU may later visit the Jamb marketplace to seek for candidates to admit. However, with the Jamb poor performance being a general thing, which is not reclusive to the NDU, I fear that the Jamb marketplace may be empty then.

It is however, expedient to take a better stand on the minimum cutoff mark for the benefit of the university, jambites, parents, sponsors and stakeholders.

Action Sought

Consequent upon the above, I hereby appeal to the NDU management to look into the following possibilities:

  1. Reduce the minimum cutoff mark to 140 (from 160) or as may be appropriate for management.
  2. Extend the Post UTME application date to October, 30th
  3. Where 1 and 2 above is untenable, kindly look into the possibilities of reducing the cutoff mark during the supplementary Post UTME.

Appeal

It is imperative to expound that the effect of the pandemic have not totally cleared off before the Jamb examinations were held. Owing to the financial burden brought about by the pandemic and the consequent psychological effects, the general poor performance was nearly unavoidable.

It is our humble appeal that management look into the possibilities sought for above to give our young scholars a better chance to study this academic year.


By: Michael Oghenenyoreme Julius
Michael Jule’s Centre for Vocational Tutelage and Career Adjustments (MJCVTCA)

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