The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has adopted 140 as the minimum cut-off mark for degree-awarding institutions for the 2022 session.
The board however fixed the minimum cut-off mark for polytechnics at 120 and 100 for colleges of education.
Minister of education Adamu Adamu presided over the policy meeting on admissions in Abuja on Thursday.
JAMB registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede had earlier said only 378,639 of the 1,761,338 who wrote the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations scored 200 and above.
Oloyede noted that 378,639 scored above 200; a total of 520,596 candidates scored 190 and above; 704,991 scored 180 and above; 934,103 scored 170 and above; 1,192, 057 scored 160 and above.
The meeting on Thursday, however, resolved that December 31 would be the deadline for 2022 admissions into all public institutions and private institutions across the country for universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
Meanwhile, the minister of education advised tertiary institutions to adopt a more flexible posture in the admissions process provided all actions were in compliance with the guidelines.
“Just as in the previous admissions exercises, the admissions criteria still remain as approved and circulated.
“All institutions must therefore adhere strictly to them and all others prescribed by the regulatory bodies such as the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
“This is particularly with regards to approved quotas, ratios and other specifications meant for improved quality, accountability and equity,” Adamu said.