Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyode said yesterday that the board has abolished the use of scratch cards to register for and check results of its examinations with effect from the 2017 examination.
Oloyode who spoke at the National Executive Council meeting of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) in Abuja said henceforth, students will be required to generate a PIN number for themselves from their phone personal computers before registering for the examinations.
He said the board will not support a situation where banks and scratch card vendors hoard the cards only to bring them out and sell at a higher price to desperate student.
He challenged NASU to get involved in the ownership of Computer Based Testing Centres across the country, pointing out that those currently owing the Centres are mere businessmen who capitalise on the situation to exploit students.
He said further that if academic based stakeholders like NASU own such CBT Centres the board Cato to t sleep believing that the examinations will be conducted without any hitch.
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed said the Commission was doing everything within its power to build a system that will be in line with global challenges.
He assured the union that the commission was taking steps to address issues raised by the union regarding its agreement with the federal government which has not been implemented, adding that he has already held a meeting with Pro-Chancellors with a view to addressing the issue.
He disclosed that he will soon meet with Vice Chancellors of the about 140 public and private universities in the country and other institutions affiliated to them and come up with a the commission’s position which will be forwarded to the government for action.
He said the Commission will also take submissions from all unions in the universities so that its memo to the Minister of Education will capture every issue.
He said: “I will lead a team of NUC management to a meeting towards the end of next week with Vice Chancellors of federal universities, then the Vice Chancellor of State universities, the Vice Chancellors of private universities, heads of institutions affiliated to universities to discuss challenges confronting the university system.
“We will also discuss the challenges inhibiting the implementation of the 2009 Federal Government/unions agreement. Within the next two weeks of concluding the discussions, I will raise a memo drawing the attention of the Minister of Education to the agreement”.
However, General Secretary of NASU, Peters Adeyemi told newsmen that “government has not demonstrated the will to implement the agreement. Government is a continuum and agreements are binding on successive government and this government must know that. The whole labour unions in the universities are completely unhappy with the way things are going in the system.
“We think that the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) inherited this liability and as a responsible union, we needed to give him an opportunity to try and address this problem holistically and we think we should give him some time to see if there would be results. The result of his engagements would determine how quickly industrial action can be prevented or otherwise.”
Adeyemi hinted that the unions may not give a lengthy time for the declaration of industrial action saying, “we have waited for so long and we are not willing to wait too long again. The government must do the needful before crisis would start in the universities lest Nigerians say we have started again when we declare strike. We are calling on Nigerians to help us beg this government that our patience is running out.”