The Joint Admissions and MatriculationBoard says it will adopt “pin vending”for the 2017 UTME test, advisingintending candidates to get familiarwith the new approach.
Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the board’s Headof Media and Information, told theNews Agency of Nigeria on Wednesdayin Lagos that JAMB would no longeruse scratch cards.Benjamin said: “Candidates, wishing tosit for the 2017 examination, shouldstart getting themselves familiar withthe newly adopted process of pinvending by the board.“We must make ourselves open tochange like it is obtained in otherclimes.
“We are no longer going back to theuse of scratch card; that method isoutdated.“Candidates wishing to register for theexamination will just make onlinepayment and get a pin with which theycan upload their data.“This new pin vending will beaccessible through the options of webpayment, ATM issued cards like Visa,Verve, and Master card, online QuickTeller, mobile application and BankBranch case/card.”Benjamin assured that the board wasworking hard to redress all challengesexperienced by candidates during its2016 UTME as it was preparing for the2017 diet.
He said that all hands were on deck toensure a hitch free conduct of theexamination across the country.He said: “Preparations are on toensure that all the technical hitchesthat manifested in the 2016 UnifiedTertiary Matriculation Examination donot arise again.“That is not to say that theexamination will be completely hitch-free.“But we are deploying resources tocorrect the ones identified already.“In the course of the examination,should there be any other newchallenges, we will act promptly.”
The spokesman also said that theboard would begin validation of UTMEcentres across the country soon.He stated: “We shall be going round tothe proposed centres to check thestate of their facilities and also toensure that such facilities couldaccommodate a minimum of 250candidates.”NAN reports that some candidates,who sat for the 2016 examination,complained of various technicalhitches.Such challenges ranged fromincomplete upload of questions fromservers to poor backup facilities insome centres among others.
NAN also recalls that the board’sRegistrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, recentlyannounced the scrapping of the use ofscratch card, describing it as outdated.
He said the board decided to do awaywith the method because of itsconsistent subjection to fraudulentpractices.