Chris Steven, Abuja
Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Professor Is-haq Oloyede has disclosed that the Board discontinue the use of scratch cards for any of its services and introduce use the platform of pin vending.
The decision to discontinue with the use of scratch cards he said was as a result of its consistent subjection to fraudulent practices and the Board’s drive to also promote accountability in line with government zero tolerance for corruption.
“This new system will be accessible through the payment 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
Professor Oloyede also appealed to the National Assembly to suspend the process of amending the Act that established the Board and allow the examination body and all tertiary institutions including the Ministry of Education and other necessary stakeholders to go back to the round table for discussion at a very conducive atmosphere.
While noting that all critical stakeholders have agreed to work together for the benefit of the Nigerian child, the JAMB Registrar said the content of the bill as presently with the National Assembly is a product of acrimony and if passed would be counter productive.
Professor Oloyede who made the plea at a meeting of Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian universities (AVCNU) in Abuja, also urged federal government to revert to old days where serving Vice Chancellors of universities were made as chairmen of the governing board of JAMB for good synergies and harmonious relationship.
This, he explained would also enable the examination body to effectively deliver on its mandates noting that this practice which promoted harmony and quality inputs on the Board’s matriculation activities have since been forgotten or neglected.
He remarked that that was the understanding of that time when only serving Vice-Chancellors of universities were made chairmen.
He explained that for almost two decade of the Board from 1977 to 1993 only serving Vice-Chancellors were made Chairmen of the Board, from Prof Oladipo O. Akinkugbe, VC University of Ilorin, Prof Donald E.U Ekong, VC University of Portharcourt, Prof Adamu Baike, VC universities of Benin, Prof Mahdi Adamu, VC university of Sokoto and Prof Isa B. Mohammed, VC university of Abuja.
The JAMB Registrar opined that the appointment of the chairman of the Board could be restricted to only heads of tertiary institutions in the country perhaps on rotational basis among the Vice-Chancellors of universities, Rectors of Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Provosts of Colleges of Education.
He also charged heads of tertiary institutions to participate in the supervision of the Board matriculation examination particularly in the centres within their institutions and the neighborhood with a view to improving the sanctity of the examination.
“In recognition of the harmonious relationship that existed between the Board and the institutions pre 1993, it may be most appropriate to revert to the early days of JAMB” he said
Oloyede appealed to government to go back to the practice from inception noting that the Board is a creation of the committee of Vice-Chancellors stressing that it would only be proper for them to be clearly recognised as active stakeholders to avoid any acrimony between Tertiary institutions and JAMB.
The Registrar assured the AVCNU of his determination to ensure a smooth relationship with all institutions for the good of the Board just as he reiterated his earlier stand that the task of JAMB is coordination of admissions and not substitution of traditional responsibilities of the Senates and Academic Boards of tertiary institutions.
However, he said JAMB has the right to reject candidates for non-compliance with extant rules and regulations but will not be allowed to substitute or originate any name without the prior concurrence of the Senate and Academic Board of the institution.
The Registrar expressed his dissatisfaction with the way the issues of regularization has been handled by institutions noting that the observation by the National Youths Service Scheme (NYSC) over the abuse of the intervention policy which was meant to address certain admissions challenges has turned to an avenue for corrupt practices.
In view of the abuse that the regularization of admission has been subjected to by institutions, a new template to be completed online according to him has been designed by the Board to curtail the rampant request for regularization and only regularized in very rear cases where sufficient and convincing reasons are given through a thorough process for candidates who need to be regularized.
This process will ensure that after completing the form online the candidates will print an indemnity form which they will take to their Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Provosts or Registrars of their institutions to be signed before submission to the Board through our State Offices nation-wide.