The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is poised to adopt a cashless policy in its enrollment process starting from the 2022 Unified Tertiary Enrollment Examination (UTME).
With the adoption of the new system, JAMB would collect the approved N700 registration fee on behalf of the various Computerized Test Centers (CBTs) as well as its UTME registration fee.
In its weekly newsletter, released Monday and obtained by LEADERSHIP, the review body said money owed to each registration center would be paid into the relevant bank accounts on a weekly basis or at any time acceptable to owners. center.
JAMB said its decision not to use cash in the UTME registration exercise would end some of the fraudulent activity of some CBT centers, which charge applicants more than the stipulated fee.
“This commendable milestone arose out of a careful examination of the entire UTME registration process which revealed some unethical and unacceptable practices by many Computerized Testing Centers (CBTs).
“It should be noted that these centers are only allowed to charge seven hundred naira (N700) as a registration fee, but some owners of fraudulent centers have abused this opportunity to engage in conduct unbecoming of respectable establishments. by engaging in the massive extortion of candidates, among other things. , during exercise.
“Therefore, the Board of Directors has decided to make the UTME registration process cashless from now on to put an end to such acts of extortion. This intervention will block all the loopholes through which unlucky applicants are extorted by ineligible service providers.
“This process will in no way increase the cost of the UTME registration which remains the same as it was the previous year. As such, only the payment process has changed, not the cost, ”he added.
Meanwhile, UTME applicants can now choose computer studies or physical and health education as part of their four UTME subjects if they so choose or according to their program preferences, the council said. ‘administration.
JAMB said this was made possible by adding the two subjects to the existing 23 UTME subjects to make 25 from exercise UTME 2022.
“This addition aims to improve the career prospects of students transitioning to higher education institutions. At present, the 23 UTME subjects are; Agricultural sciences, Arabic, art, biology, chemistry, Christian religious studies, commerce, economics, French, geography, government, Hausa, history, home economics, Igbo, Islamic studies, literature in English, mathematics, music, physics, accounting principles , use of English and Yoruba, ”he added.