JAMB warns CBT centres against taking above N700 service charges
Kogi State Coordinator of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Yissa Usman, yesterday said the board has mandated all CBT centres not to charge above the approved N700 service fees.
He, therefore, advised all prospective candidates not to pay above the stipulated service charge, as they commence registration for this year’s examination.
This is coming as some cyber cafes were said to be taking undue advantage of candidates during registration to collect extra money, but the board has regulated registration fees at the centres.
“All the accredited CBT centres were made to undergo scrutiny. JAMB management went as far as ensuring that the centres are registered as corporate bodies and not just as ordinary businesses.
“The rules were clearly spelt out that if they violate them, there would be sanctions. They should not charge more than N700,” he stated.
He said the Federal Government reduced the fee for the scratch card from N5000 to N3500
“A reduction was effected, the pin that used to sell for N5000 is now N3500. That is where the reduction occurs but candidates will still pay for the registration text, which is compulsory.
“The text is meant to improve their reading culture, because over time, JAMB realised that candidates don’t even devote adequate time to prepare for the examination.
“Nigerian children look for shortcuts these days and they need to be encouraged. That is what informed the introduction of the book,” he added.
He said the book goes for N500 making a total of N4000, adding that this is against the former N5000, besides the N700 service charge for registration.
Speaking against the background of some JAMB centres in some parts of the country that were recently blacklisted for sharp practices, Usman exonerated the centres in Kogi State from such malpractices.
He explained that the board has 10 centres in Kogi State including JAMB office but for the examination, there are nine centres and that is because JAMB does not have a CBT centre.
He stated that Lokoja has two registration centres, the Yabman at 500 Housing Estate and JAMB office, three in Okene, two in Ajaokuta, one each in Kabba, Ankpa, Anyigba and Idah.