The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has insisted that it will “no longer go back to the use of scratch card,’’ urging prospective candidates of the 2017 UTME test to start getting used to its new approach – pin vending.
In a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos State by the board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the exam body stated that it would no longer use scratch cards.
The statement read: “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“We are no longer going back to the use of scratch card; that method is outdated.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.”
Benjamin, in the statement, assured that the board was working hard to redress all challenges experienced by candidates during its 2016 UTME as it was preparing for the 2017 diet.
He said that all hands were on deck to ensure a hitch free conduct of the examination across the country.
He continued: “Preparations are on to ensure that all the technical hitches that manifested in the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination 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.
Benjamin added: “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.”