By Ola Adeola
Nigeria’s tertiary schools entering examination body has opted for pin vending method through which applicants can register and check their results. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Wednesay announced “pin vending” for the 2017 UTME test, advising intending candidates to get familiar with the new approach.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, restates the cancellation of scratch cards hitherto used for the same purpose.
“Candidates, wishing to sit for the 2017 examination, should start getting themselves familiar with the newly adopted process of pin vending by the board.
“We must make ourselves open to change like it is obtained in other climes.
“We are no longer going back to the use of scratch card; that method is outdated.
“Candidates wishing to register for the examination will just make online payment and get a pin with which they can upload their data.
“This new pin vending will be accessible through the options of web payment, ATM issued cards like Visa, Verve, and Master card, online Quick Teller, mobile application and Bank Branch case/card.’ “Preparations are on to ensure that all the technical hitches that manifested in the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) do not arise again. “That is not to say that the examination will be completely hitch-free.
“But we are deploying resources to correct the ones identified already. “In the course of the examination, should there be any other new challenges, we will act promptly.’’ The spokesman also said that the board would begin validation of UTME centres across the country soon. “We shall be going round to the proposed centres to check the state of their facilities and also to ensure that such facilities could accommodate a minimum of 250 candidates,’’ he said.