The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has explained the online registration of prospective participants in the scheme, saying that the exercise was designed in the best interest of the corps members.
NYSC director of press and public relations, Mrs Olubunmi Aderibigbe gave the explanation yesterday, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in which she said the explanation became necessary to clear the air about a misrepresentation of the rationale behind the exercise.
She explained that the security situation in some states of the country and the cumbersome process of collection of the call-up letters informed the introduction of the online process.
“Given the security challenges in some states of the federation and the observed cumbersome process of collection of Call-up Letters in most institutions, the idea was conceived to remove all impediments that make the mobilisation process a nightmare for the graduates.
“For instance, in this day and age, we saw no need why any graduate should travel hundreds of kilometres with all the associated risks, just to collect his/her Call-Up Letter. By registering online, the idea that any unscrupulous official could make the process of collection of Call-up Letters difficult for corps members will also be eliminated.
“Indeed, the deployment of full ICT solutions for the processing of data of mobilised graduates and coordinating the institutions has become compelling so as to sustain efficiency of operation of the scheme by creating a more graduate-friendly mobilisation process”.
The NYSC, however, noted that in spite of the merits of the initiative, the management has made the online registration optional for those who may choose to travel to their schools to collect their Call-Up Letters.
Meanwhile, the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Dibu Ojerinde has said that JAMB would go full-blown on computer-based test in 2015/2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Ojerinde made the disclosure yesterday during the second technical committee meeting for 2014/2015 admissions to tertiary institutions in the country, where he said last year’s UTME was partially pencil test, dual-based test and computer-based test. He noted that with the success recorded last year, the board would go full-blown on computer-based test in 2015/2016 UTME.
Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu who spoke during the meeting charged JAMB to sanitise the nation’s examination system for a better integrity of the certificates of the nation’s educational institutions.
Ojerinde urged the governor to build and operate computer centres, at least one in each of the three senatorial districts of the state for candidates from the state, saying the board has only four computer-based centres in the state.