We’ll arrest any parent found at CBT centre during UTME – JAMB

 

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

The directive was issued during a virtual meeting with the Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre owners.

JAMB said the directive has become necessary following the intrusive disposition of some parents during the board’s previous exercises. 

The Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, said any parent, who disobeys this order, would not only be arrested but his ward would also be disqualified from sitting for the examination. 

JAMB said it has discovered over time that many of these intruding parents were facilitators of examination infractions while others have, by their actions, disrupted the board’s examinations in the past.

Also, some miscreants had in the past disguised as parents to infiltrate the centres to perpetrate all forms of infractions.

Prof. Oloyode added that the board has directed security operatives to work with the centres to apprehend any meddlesome parent, who comes near the centres. 

Further, he noted that 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 had 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.

The Registrar said it was clear to any discerning observer that these parents deserve to be sanctioned as they had obviously ‘smuggled’ underage children into the ranks of those scheduled to sit for the examination. 

JAMB also used the opportunity to advise candidates to jealously guard their personal details, e-mail address, and their registration and phone numbers. 

This advice was issued against the backdrop of some candidates, who might be enticed into patronising any of those fraudulent websites. Consequently, the board informed candidates that if their personal details were found with any of such sites, they would be treated as accomplices and prosecuted. 

Candidates are to take note of this so that they would remain calm in the event of any disruption.

A statement signed by JAMB spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said 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. 

Meanwhile, Prof. Oloyede has appealed to centre owners to consider the assignment as a national engagement and not as a purely profit venture, and subsequently urged them to expose the bad eggs among them.