The meeting chaired by the Supervising Minister of Education Bar.NysomWike also said the cut-off marks of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education(COE)were placed at 150 respectively.
The cut off points were arrived at on Tuesday, after the 5th Combined Policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions held at the National Universities Commission, according to a statement by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Public Relations Officer, Fabian Benjamin.
The statement reads: “Declaring the meeting open, the Supervising Minister of Education disclosed that the Federal Government is currently putting necessary structures in place to fully entrench computer literacy and Computer Based Test (CBT) at all level of education in the country.
“The minister disclosed that the ministry has already made ICT training part of the standard curriculum at the secondary school level in order prepare all the youth in the country for global competitiveness.
He noted that JAMB’s introduction of biometric data capture and verification coupled with Computer Based Test (CBT) are welcome innovations that have improved efficiency and further protected the integrity and credibility of its examination.
“Wike frowned at the inability of most tertiary institutions to utilise their admission quota.
“ He therefore urged all the tertiary institutions in the country to ensure that all the admission spaces in their schools are adequately utilised.”
It quoted the minister as saying “In line with the efforts of the Federal Government to improve access, let me urge you all to with effect today, work assiduously to ensure that all admission spaces in your institutions for the current year are fully utilised within the approved time frame.”
JAMB registrar, Dibu Ojerinde gave a statistical run down of candidates preference for tertiary education.
He said after the conduct of the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) candidates who applied for degree awarding institutions or universities totalled 1,584,348 representing 97.070, NCE applicants totalled 25,767 representing 1.579, ND a patlry 22,072 representing 1.349 while NID had just 46 representing 0.003.
Ojerinde wondered why Nigeria’s educational system has consistently failed to embrace technical education in its quest for industrialisation, saying the British which Nigeria copied the polytechnic education from now award degree in all its polytechnics.