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JAMB orders arrest of parents found at CBT centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has instructed all Computer-Based Test center owners to detain any parent discovered near their facilities during the 2024 UTME exercise. The board has finalized arrangements for the conduct of the 2024 UTME, which will take place in over 700 CBT centers nationwide. This directive was issued during the final briefing of the Computer-Based Test Center owners, conducted virtually on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, as revealed in a transcript obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday.

According to the Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disobedience to this order would result in not only the arrest of the parent but also disqualification of their ward from sitting the examination. Oloyede emphasized the necessity of this measure due to the intrusive behavior of some parents during previous examinations, with many found to be facilitators of exam malpractice or disruptors of the examination process.

The Registrar further disclosed that security operatives have been instructed to collaborate with the centers to apprehend any interfering parent. Oloyede highlighted the violation of the national education policy by parents attempting to accompany their underage children to the examination venue, potentially compromising examination officials.

Additionally, candidates were advised to safeguard their personal details, email addresses, registration, and phone numbers, as divulging this information to fraudulent websites could result in prosecution. The Board assured candidates of a smooth exercise but prepared for any technical challenges that may arise. Oloyede warned that any disruption caused by candidates or parents during subsequent sessions due to technical failures would result in immediate disqualification.

Furthermore, Oloyede urged center owners to view their responsibilities as a national duty rather than solely for profit, urging them to identify and expose unethical practices. He emphasized the discontinuation of registering Direct Entry candidates at CBT centers due to widespread fraudulent activities and urged owners to refrain from such behavior to avoid losing crucial opportunities.

Lastly, Oloyede highlighted the Board’s implementation of advanced technologies to prevent infractions and collaborations inconsistent with its operational standards.

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