UTME: Follow your wards to CBT centre, go to jail - JAMB warns parents - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, April 18, 2024

UTME: Follow your wards to CBT centre, go to jail - JAMB warns parents


Any parent or guardian seen at any Computer-Based Test centres during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, which is starting on Friday, will be arrested.

The order to get such people arrested was given by the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Isaq Oloyede, during a virtual meeting he had on Wednesday with operators and owners of the CBT centres.

In a statement by the spokesman of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, the step is to prevent some parents from intruding into the conduct of the exam. 

Also, candidates of parents found to breach the directive and who intrude would also be disqualified from writing the exam.

"This measure is necessary as it has been discovered over time that many of these intruding parents are facilitators of examination infractions while others have, by their actions, disrupted the Board’s examinations in the past. Some miscreants also disguise as parents to infiltrate the centres to perpetrate all forms of infractions, " the statement read in part.

Also, security agents are to work with CBT owners to ensure a smooth running of the exercise. 
"Going by the extant national policy on education, a candidate for the examination must have attained the age of 17 years. Therefore, it is evident that these parents have not allowed their wards to pass through the classes as defined in the document, hence, the determination to follow their wards to the examination venue with the aim of compromising examination officials. 

"At any rate, it is clear to any discerning observer that these parents deserve to be sanctioned as they have obviously ‘smuggled’ underage children into the ranks of those scheduled to sit for the examination."

The examination is taking place in 700 CBT centres across the country.

The board said it expects a seamless exercise but has nevertheless made adequate provision to tackle any technical glitch that might occur in the course of the examination.

"If a session experienced any technical challenge, candidates in subsequent sessions would be allowed to sit their examination as scheduled while the candidates in the challenged session would be rescheduled for the last session for the day or the following day or even further depending on the centre schedules. Candidates are to take note of this so that they will remain calm in the event of any disruption. In this wise, any candidate or parent, who disrupt any subsequent session on account of the failure of his/her session, would be disqualified outright from taking the examination."

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