JAMB 2017: Goodbye Scratch Cards, Hello Pin Vending!


For the 2017 UTME exams, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced plans to adopt the ‘pin vending’ process for prospective candidates, in the spirit of ‘change’.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos, the board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said it would no longer use scratch cards and has therefore advised intending candidates to get familiar with the new approach.

Hear him:

“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 We are no longer going back to the use of scratch cards; that method is outdated.”

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This new process requires prospective candidates to make online payments and get a pin with which they can upload their data.

The 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.

While assuring the people that the board was working hard to redress all challenges experienced by candidates during its 2016 UTME, the board stressed that all hands were on deck to ensure a hitch free conduct of the examination  for the 2017 diet across the country.

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Mr. Benjamin said preparations are on to ensure that all the technical hitches that manifested in the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) do not arise again, which does not imply that the examination will be completely hitch-free.

The board assures that they are deploying resources to correct the hitches identified already, and will act promptly if there are any other challenges in the course of the exams.

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Recall that JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, recently announced the scrapping of the use of  scratch cards, describing it as outdated. He said the board decided to do away with the method because of its consistent subjection to fraudulent practices.