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UTME: Any parents seen at CBT centres will be arrested – JAMB

During the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which begins on Friday, any parent or guardian observed at any Computer-Based Test centres will be detained.

“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 with operators and owners of the CBT centres on Wednesday.

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.

“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.

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