The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it has scrapped the use of scratch card and would adopt pin vending for the 2017 UTME test.
The board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos.
He said, “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 We are no longer going back to the use of scratch card; that method is outdated.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.
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“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 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.
“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 centers across the country soon.
He said, “We shall be going round to the proposed centers to check the state of their facilities and also to ensure that such facilities could accommodate a minimum of 250 candidates.”
The board’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, recently announced the scrapping of the use of scratch card, describing it as outdated.