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Why JAMB Scrapped Scratch Card For UTME

Starting from 2017, the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyode, said the board has resolved to abolish scratch cards to register and check results.

Oloyode said the board would no longer support a situation where banks and vendors make a living from the card, selling them at a higher price.

The JAMB boss, who spoke at the National Executive Council meeting of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) in Abuja, said students would generate a PIN number for themselves from their phone or computers before registering for examinations.

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.

He added that if academic-based stakeholders, such as NASU, own 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.

He assured the union the commission would address issues regarding its agreement with the Federal Government, adding that he has met with pro-chancellors on the matter.

The executive secretary said he would meet with vice chancellors of the about 140 public and private universities and other institutions affiliated to them, and state the commission’s position, which will be forwarded to the government.

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.

He assured the union the commission would address issues regarding its agreement with the Federal Government, adding that he has met with pro-chancellors on the matter.

The executive secretary said he would meet with vice chancellors of the about 140 public and private universities and other institutions affiliated to them, and state the commission’s position, which will be forwarded to the government.

Rasheed noted that the commission would take submissions from all unions in the universities so that its memo to the minister of Education will capture every issue.

He said: “I will lead a team of NUC management to a meeting towards the end of next 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”.

However, NASU’s General Secretary Peters Adeyemi told reporters that “government has not demonstrated the will to implement the agreement. Government is a continuum and agreements are binding on successive governments, and this government must know that.

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