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Teachers reject 150 JAMB cut-off marks for polytechnics, colleges of education

THE Nigeria Union of Teachers has frowned upon the current admission policy where the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) pegged cut-off marks for students seeking admission into universities at 180 and above, while those for polytechnics and colleges of education is put at 150.

Secretary General of NUT, Obong J. Obong, reacting to the policy on Tuesday in Abuja, said it was derogatory, discriminatory and calculated at demeaning and lowering the professional status of teachers.

Obong said teachers strongly opposed the policy with its attendant negative effect on the attainment of quality education in the country and called for its immediate reversal.

He said: “It is of great disservice to the education sector where the best brains and students of distinction are placed in other courses while those with lower grades are pushed into teaching.

“The Nigeria Union of Teachers hereby calls for an immediate reversal of this policy. The government must henceforth ensure that only students of distinction are admitted to be trained as teachers in all educational institutions in the county.

“This is the practice in most advanced and developed countries, where it is considered that a teacher’s ability to disseminate knowledge to students is dependent on his sound intellectual capability,” he said.
Obong said government deliberately sources for people with lower educational content to become teachers only to turn around and blame them for poor delivery.

He said: “If this is allowed to stand, government should take full responsibility for the resultant shortcomings that may be observed in our educational institutions in future from those teachers.

“It must however be noted that we still have in abundance very brilliant and effective teachers currently in service who should be nurtured for effective service delivery which is why the NUT has been calling for the raising of the retirement age of teachers in primary and secondary schools to 65 years," he stated.


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