Jamb stops the use of scratch card for its exams
In an attempt to ease the application process into higher institutions of learning in the country, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced the cancellation of scratch cards for all its examinations, yesterday, September 20.Daily Sun reports that the JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, in his address at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) in Abuja, said this would begin next year.
Oloyede informed that this step was taken to give opportunities to more students to participate in the examinations.
“Students would generate a PIN number for themselves from their phone or computers before registering for examinations,” he said.
The registrar who was represented by one of his officials, Dr. Yusuf Lawal said bottlenecks associated with the scratch cards and the costs had denied students, most especially those from poor backgrounds access to higher institutions of learning.
” This is part of the change coming up in JAMB; we do not want a situation where cost of education would be beyond the reach of the poor. “
He also challenged NASU to get involved in the ownership of Computer-Based Testing Centres, saying those who own the centres are businessmen merely exploiting students.
” JAMB would not support a situation where banks and vendors hoard the cards, only to sell them at a higher price,” he concluded.
The professor informed that schools which are yet to update the requirements for the 2017 brochure should do so quickly.
Adding that students seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria have been given a lifeline until Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
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