The registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyode announced on Tuesday September 20 that the exam board would abolish the use scratch cards for registration and result checking of UTME from 2017.
Oloyode, who spoke at the National Executive Council meeting of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) in Abuja, said students would henceforth generate a PIN number for themselves from their phones or computers before registering for examinations. He said the board would not support a situation where banks and vendors hoard the cards, only to sell them at a higher price later.
The registrar challenged NASU to get involved in the ownership of Computer-Based Testing Centres, saying those who own the centres are businessmen merely exploiting students adding that if academic-based stakeholders, such as NASU-owned CBT centres, the board will be confident the examinations will be conducted without hitch.
Also speaking at the event, Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) Prof. Abubakar Rasheed said the commission would build a system in line with global challenges.
I will lead a team of NUC management to a meeting towards the end ofnext week with vice chancellors of federal universities, then vice chancellors of state universities, vice chancellors of private universities, heads of institutions affiliated to universities to discuss challenges confronting the university system. We will also discuss challenges inhibiting the implementation of the 2009 Federal Government/unions agreement. Within the next two weeks of concluding the discussions, I will raise a memo drawing the attention of the minister of Education to the agreement.