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Candidates jubilate as JAMB scraps scratch card sale

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has scrapped the use of scratch cards for any of its transactions and services, describing it as “archaic,” its Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has announced.

“The decision is as a result of its consistent subjection to fraudulent practices, the use of scratch cards is archaic and it is the aim of 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 emphasised. JAMB has further redesigned its portal to cater for the new changes.

With the new system in place, candidates will now be required to have internet enabled ATM cards to be able to print their JAMB result slips, admission letter or use any e-facility as one account can only process services for one JAMB registration number.

ENCOMIUM Weekly sampled the opinion of admission seekers and parent on the new development. In the chat, they reveal their takes and how it will curb the activities of fraudsters in purchasing a jamb form.

 

TAIWO ADEYEYE

It’s a good idea. I am happy about the new development in our educational system. Sales of scratch cards has really fetched café owners a lot of money. I remember my first son bought his JAMB form for N15,000 from a café owner last year. The amount is more than the real price from JAMB but we had no option because they are the ones buying those scratch cards in large quantity and resell to us at an expensive rate.

 

BOYO SALAU

The idea is a good one but I don’t understand our educational system anymore in this country. Too many new developments that we don’t even know how they intend to make them work. The issue of scratch card has been a big problem. Card vendors and café owners are fond of inflating prices just to make more money. Now that it’s been scrapped, students will be able to do transactions straight from their account. It is a welcome idea.

 

FOLAKE BABALOLA

I am happy to hear that we no longer need to purchase scratch card for obtaining JAMB forms or checking result.. it is a good one from the new JAMB registrar. NECO and WAEC need to follow the same procedure so as to curb the activities of fraudsters who call themselves cafe owners.

It is a welcome idea but we need a kind of setting that will give Nigerians easy access to education especially at the tertiary level in every part of the country. A lot of people sat for JAMB more than six times but no admission. It is not that they are not brilliant, but the system is just being biased. We need easy access to education for everyone. This is the only way we can attain the real change that we want.

 

MOSES OBIRONKE

Scrapping the sale of scratch card is good but is it going to provide an avenue where the poor and less privileged will be able to go to school? JAMB examination is like the passport to tertiary institutions in Nigeria. All of these new developments we are just seeing should have been done in the past but the country itself is corrupt and we don’t focus on what really matters. It’s a good idea, but we are expecting more from the registrar on our educational system as a whole.

 

RILWAN ANIBABA

I believe so much in the new registrar and I am sure he will do his best to give JAMB a new phase. The idea of scratch card has been a problem in this country for a long time. I wanted to check my result years ago and I went to a card stand to buy a scratch card. The amount printed on the card was N500, yet the seller said it was N1,500. I had no option than to buy it. Now that it’s been scrapped, I hope they don’t find another dubious way of extorting students.

 

DANIEL DENNIS

It is a good idea, but whether we like it or not, admission will always be in the favour of the rich before anyone else in this country. The new registrar is doing his best to make the next JAMB examination hitch free but I doubt if he can achieve that because the system has almost collapsed in the hands of the former registrar.

2016 JAMB examination is one of the worst in history. We have thousands of youths who are willing to go to school but they are not gaining admission. Our government needs to concentrate more on our youths and their education.

-OLUWAFEMI SOEWU

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