By Chris Ochayi
ABUJAâ€”The Converged Examination Management Technology Platform (CEMTP) consortium has developed a multipurpose scratch cards that will curb multiple technical fees being charged by Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB), and other examination bodies in the country.
The scratch card is expected to save a total of N3.2 billion for parents and candidates, which they lost annually on e-processing besides the examination fee.
The project was parts of Federal Government efforts to reduce burden of multiple charges by examination bodies in the process and accessing of on-line result by candidates in the country through introduction of various scratch cards for technical fees, especially JAMB.
Such outrageous charges the consortium moves to abolish include, online examination registration, result checking, change of course, printing of result slip and result verification which candidates who sit for JAMB and other examinations pay N5, 100 through the purchase of scratch cards.
The Multipurpose scratch card unveiled in Abuja would enable candidates perform all the services with just N850 annually and would remove losses incurred by parents.
The firms, which formed the consortium, include SW Global Limited, Global Portal Limited, and Fleet Technology Limited.
Addressing education correspondents on the development in Abuja, Senior Manager, Corporate Services/Country Operations, Megan Schneider and President/Chief Executive Officer, SW Global Limited, respectively said approval has been given by the Federal Government for the commencement of the project.
â€œWe want to remind everyone that this project is in line with Federal Government of Nigeria policy and the enabling Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval for this programâ€.
He said, Dr. Chife explained further, â€œit is also in line with the National Council on Education (NCE) directive for immediate commencement of this programâ€.
â€œIn addition to its other benefits such as cutting down the amount paid by the Nigerian child by billions of Naira, it also provides critical technology such as biometrics and item banking for management of examsâ€.
â€œThe consortium is already and has been working very hard to ensure the project succeeds. An example of this has been the ongoing NECO registration that has gone off without problems and announced public UAT testing for the JAMB platformâ€.
â€œThere is nothing in our efforts that has not been communicated at every stage to the Ministry of Education and the exam bodies to ensure compliance and approval every step of the wayâ€.
According to him, â€œwe are aware of our contractual obligations to the Ministry of Education and exam bodies and have worked very hard, and invested a lot of financial and human resources to meet this obligation and will continue to do so.”
â€œWe have also taken initiatives outside of our contractual obligations to help support this project including an ongoing nationwide press campaign (radio, newspapers etc) to combat the historic prevalence of students waiting until last minute to register for exams. This initiative has been successful thus far.”
He explained further, â€œthe Ministry of Education and the exam bodies have a contract with the CEMTP consortium signed February 12, 2009. This contract has specific obligations and responsibilities outlinedâ€. The project itself is a PPP project, which means it is a partnership between the Public and Private sector.”
â€œIn this context he explained, each party has a responsibility to do everything in its power to ensure the project succeeds. The exam bodies have obligations to do everything they can to create an enabling environment to ensure the success of his project.”
Dr. Achife warned that, â€œhostility and opposition is not what is called for, nor is it in the best interest of any of the stakeholders of this project including the Nigerian child. We are technology providers, not God. Only God can implement and run a flawless system.”