JAMB Orders Arrest of Parents That Come Near Exam Centres of UTME

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JAMB Orders Arrest of Parents That Come Near Exam Centres of UTME. Full details below

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board – JAMB has directed security agents and all Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre owners to arrest any parent who is found near any of their facilities during the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) exercise. The UTME exam has earlier been scheduled to hold from April 19 2024, to April 29 2024.

As earlier posted by Leadership newspaper, According to a statement signed by JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, on Thursday, said the directive was issued at the final briefing of the CBT owners, which was held virtually on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

JAMB noted that the directive became necessary following the intrusive disposition of some parents during previous exercises.

According to the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, “any parent who disobeys the order would not only be arrested, but his ward would also be disqualified from sitting for the examination.”


“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 and perpetrate all forms of infractions,” the statement said.

Consequently, the Registrar disclosed that the Board has directed security operatives to work with the centres to apprehend any meddlesome parent who comes near the centres.

The Board’s helmsman also noted that going by the extant national policy on education, a candidate for the examination must have attained the age of 17 years.

The JAMB registrar further said that “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. At any rate, it is 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 the examination,”

The Board also availed itself of the opportunity provided by the meeting to advise candidates to jealously guard their personal details, e-mail address, as well as their registration and phone numbers.

The advice was prompted against the backdrop of some candidates, who might be enticed into patronising 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.


Furthermore, the Registrar said all arrangements have been concluded for the conduct of the 2024 UTME, which will be held in over 700 CBT centres across the nation.

He disclosed that the Board expected a seamless exercise but it has nevertheless made adequate provision to tackle any technical glitch that might occur in the course of the examination.

He, however, warned that 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.

He said candidates are to take note 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 outrightly from taking the examination.

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