Written by Godfrey AKON

JAMB frowns at parents accompanying wards to exams


The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has frowned at the attitude of some parents accompanying candidates to examination centres.

Oloyede made the remarks while monitoring the conduct of the Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation, UTME, at Veritas University, Abuja and other centres within the Federal Capital Territory.

He said parents should sometimes allow their children face challenges and sort out themselves, so as to become responsible citizens, rather than being over protective of them.

“This idea of parents accompanying their children to examination centres should be discouraged because there is no way they can follow their wards into the examination halls, besides how would these candidates become independent, if they are not allowed to face little challenges of this nature.”

Oloyede disclosed that 211, 000 candidates were selected from 257,000 candidates that initially indicated interest to participate in the exercise across the country.

He expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise, stating that apart from pockets of complaints in some centres, the exercise was quite satisfactory as candidates conducted themselves well.

The JAMB registrar reiterated the ban on items like wristwatches, pens, calculators, pencils, devices that could store data, transmit or receive signal, order than HB pencil still stands, maintaining that electronic devices such as mobile phones, spy reading glasses would be subjected to scrutiny before being allowed into the exam hall.

“Similarly, books or any other reading or writing material, cameras, recorders, microphones, ear piece, ink or pen readers, smart lenses, smart rings or jewellery, smart buttons and bluetooth devices would not be allowed into the centres,” he said.


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