The Federal Government has said it will prevail on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to enforce a cut – off of 200 marks for candidates coming into the teaching profession .
The Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah , who said this in Abuja on Monday in an interview with our correspondent , noted that the 100 marks cut – off obtained presently for prospective teachers through the colleges of education and other higher institutions “ was unacceptable . ”
The minister said the low cut – off would bring a fall in the standard and quality of teachers produced in the country.
It would be recalled that JAMB , at a meeting on Tuesday , August 22 , fixed the cut – off marks for admission into the higher institutions for the 2017 /2018 academic session, giving 100 score as the cut – off for colleges of education and polytechnics .
The cut – offs were arrived at during a policy meeting with heads of institutions and other education bodies in Abuja .
But Anwukah said the government would meet with the JAMB and work towards a review of the cut – off marks.
He said , “ The recent announcement by JAMB ( on the cut – offs ) has not gone well with me . There is no point saying that those candidates going for teacher training should have 100 marks. Rather , those going for teaching should have about 200 . Let ’ s bring the cut – off up so that quality persons can take over the teaching profession . We have to rethink teacher training , teacher recruitment and teacher qualification in this country.
“ We are going to discuss with JAMB and make sure this cut – off is addressed . To me , it is very unacceptable . We will discuss and see whether some amendments can be made next year .
“ I am proposing a memo for the government . We have to closely look again at teacher quality and training in Nigeria. We have to get the right people into the teaching profession . We have to give a particular unique status to teachers .