Professor Ishaq Oloyede, registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that JAMB will hold in May. The JAMB has also stopped the use of scratch cards, he said.
He said: “For the 2017 UTME, we have taken a decision to commence the sale of the form soon. Within the next two weeks, we will be out… We have changed the process of payment, no more scratch card. We need to put the right architecture in place and we have put this in place.
“ We are going to conduct the UTME in May. It will not clash with any SSCE examinations
“I did not sit here or my management did not fix the date. We sat down with all examination bodies with their timetables and we agreed to create this window.”
“Normally, we conduct our examinations around March and the results will be ready within two to three days. But when do we need the results? It is always between July and August. This gives room for all forms of suspicion. If you go on the net, you will see people claiming that they could help candidates to upgrade their results because the results are lying fallow between March and July.
“Now we want to shorten the period in such a way that the time between the examination and when the results will be used will be very short. There will be no opportunity for anybody to even dream of upgrading results.
“We are also using that opportunity to communicate with other Examination bodies like WAEC, NECO and NABTEB to ensure that we do not make our examinations mutually exclusive. Somebody is taking WAEC examinations, he wants to take JAMB but in some cases due to clash of timetable, he wants to sacrifice one for the other.
“So, we have harmonized in such a way that the period we are going to use for our examination, all other examination bodies will not have examinations during the period.
“What we have done is to fine tune what is being done to make our services better for the public. We have taken some very painful decisions like elimination of scratch cards. We know that some people make their living from sale of scratch cards but that is not the type of living we want to encourage because it is extortion.
“They buy the cards from our staff and they sell at exorbitant price to the users. The scratch card has a particular amount of N1, 000 or N2, 500 but they up selling the cards for four to five times the price. Apart from that, scratch card has left to massive corruption in the system.