JAMB Issues Arrest Warning to Parents Found near CBT Centers

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The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has given directives to all Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre owners to arrest any parent found near any of their facilities during the 2024 UTME exercise.

Oloyede gave this command on Wednesday during a virtual meeting with operators and owners of the CBT centres.

He noted that the step is to prevent some parents from intruding into the conduct of the exam.

He added that some miscreants also disguise as parents pervade the centres to carry out all forms of infractions.

The registrar threatened that any candidate parents found to breach the directive and intrude would be disqualified from writing the exam.

In his statement “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 themselves as parents to infiltrate the centres to perpetrate all forms of infractions,”

The JAMB Registrar pointed out that security agents will work with CBT owners to ensure the 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 expects a smooth exercise but has however made substantial provision to tackle any technical setbacks 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 of the day, 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 way, any candidate or parent who disrupts any subsequent session on account of the failure of his/her session would be disqualified outright from taking the examination.”

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