JAMB Introduces PSO (Point System Option) As New Criteria For Admission Into Tertiary Institutions

After scrapping Post-UTME June 2, Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) has now launched new method of carrying out higher institution admission process in the country which is called PSO (Point System Option).

In an interview with Vanguard, UNILAG-ASUU Chairman, Dr Laja Odukoya, said with the actions and policies taken so far, the Minister of Education had deepened the confusion he created.

He said: “Clearly, the minister is merely deepening the confusion he has created, based on ill-conceived policy and lack of courage to do what is right.”

He said the point system was in use at the University of Ibadan, but was jettisoned at the introduction of post-UTME, adding that the latest policy somersault indicated that JAMB could not be trusted with university admission.

Odukoya said: “With the new arrangement, candidates of miracle centres, who bought their scores in WASCE, NECO and UTME, are advantaged over hard working, honest and diligent students.”

From Ibadan

On his part, Deputy Director, Distant Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, Professor Oyesoji Aremu, said: “JAMB and the Ministry of Education seem not to understand what exactly they want for education in respect of candidates seeking admission.”

According to him, within a space of a month, JAMB had “foisted two admission policies on the country.

“A few weeks ago, JAMB, through the Minister of Education, ‘decreed’ that money must not be charged by universities for pre-admission exercise, while the latest development stated that universities would charge fee for screening at the end of the process of admission. What do we call that? Confusion.”

Aremu, who admitted PSO was good, added that it would be quality-driven because it would not make admission to be solely dependent on UTME scores.

He, however, pointed out that the initiative was an indication that JAMB scores were not fool-proof as evident in unsubstantiated scores and post-admission academic performance.

What Is Point System Option?
PSO is a process whereby a candidate’s total points are got from the ‘O’ Level grades and JAMB scores. It means each grade would have its equivalent point: A=6, B=4 marks, C=3 marks.

The system suggests that the better a candidate’s ‘O’ Level grades, the better his or her chances of securing admission.

Closely allied to the above is the UTME scores: according to JAMB, candidates with a score of 180 to185 get 20 points; 186 to 190 get 21; between 200 and 250, 24-33, while those who scored 300 to 400, get 44 to 60 points.

JAMB added: “Any candidate who submits one result which has the relevant subjects, has 10 points.

“The exam could be NECO, WASSCE, November/December WASSCE among others. But any candidate who has two sittings only gets two points.”

The addition of these points and points from ‘O’ Level results gives a candidate total points for admission.

“Cut-off marks will be released by the institutions this year in the form of points and not marks,” JAMB added.


What do you think about this new policies that Minister of education is introducing into Nigeria's education system? Hmmmm


  1. Ohhh I think you made a mistake for Jamp instead "JAMB"

  2. Am coming

  3. I think these kinds of things should be introduced slowly, year by year just introduce a tiny little change, until we finally get to this level, not Big changes into the system at once! Because our system isn't effecient enough to make sudden changes, especially Big chances, Universities would fuck things up even more.

  4. This will only make students patronize miracle centers in O' level exams so as to get high grades.