By Adebayo Williams
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has banned scratch cards used by candidates for registering and checking their results. The decision was announced by the board’s Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede. He made the announcement in a paper he delivered during a meeting of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.
“The decision is as a result of its consistent subjection to fraudulent practices, the use of scratch cards is archaic and its is the drive by JAMB to also promote accountability in line with government’s zero tolerance for corruption.
“This new system will be accessible through the options of web payment, ATM issued cards (Visa, verve and Mastercard), online quick teller, ATM payment, quick teller mobile application and Bank Branch case/card,”, he said.
Oloyede also pleaded with the National Assembly to revert the board to the days when only serving Vice Chancellors were made chairmen of the board’s Governing Board. He said that going back to the old practices would “engender good synergies and harmonious relationship with a view to effectively delivering on its mandates.”
“This practice which promoted harmony and quality inputs on the Board’s matriculation activities have since been forgotten or neglected. The appointment of the chairman of the Board could be restricted to only heads of tertiary institutions in Nigeria perhaps in rotational basis among the Vice-Chancellor of Universities, Rectors of Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Provosts of Colleges of Education,” he said.