THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has warned telecommunication companies against arbitrarily charging its Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination on short service message, sms charges.
Jamb said even though it knows of the nation’s network challenges, telecom companies should not expect the candidates to pay for their difficulties in their infrastructure.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Thursday, said its attention has been drawn to multiple SMS charges on candidates phone numbers attempting to register for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) by these telecom coys enlisted to provide Profile code creation services through sending and receiving of SMS.
“The telecom coys are to charge only 50 Naira per text message to use the service. Candidates are sometimes made to repeat these SMS commands several times either due to poor network connection or processing failure leading to rapid response(s) after the command is sent which is very awful and exorbitant.
It added:” Candidates who are victims of these multiple charges are to raise an alarm on support.jamb.gov.ng for redress and further action by the Board. The Board would insist on a refund by any telecom coy that continue to charge these candidates twice. We are mindful of the nation’s network challenges and does not expect the candidates to pay for the telecoms infrastructural difficulties.”
Meanwhile, the board has opposed the claim of the Colleges of Education Academics Staff Union, COEAS, that it placed universities superior over Colleges of Education in the choices for candidates seeking admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Based to COEASU’s claim, the board placed more priority in terms of choice by making Universities first (1st) choice, Polytechnics Second(2nd)choice and Colleges of Education third (3rd) choice which is responsible for making Colleges of Education a dumping ground and very less attractive as more brilliant and outstanding candidates would have chosen universities first.
Replying to this, JAMB responded:”The Board wishes to correct this erroneous impression. Our advertisement typically, including this year, request candidates to make ANY institution at all their first choice, Colleges of Education and Polytechnics inclusive”.
“We have never placed any candidate(s) nor advice candidates on the choice of institution as it is the candidates volition to determine which institution to pick as their first choice and also which course to study. Candidates are at liberty to choose any institution they desire.