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Mathew Oluwaseun
University of Ilorin (Unilorin)
Mechanical Engineering
500Level, Nigeria.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned parents to keep off examination centres in order to give room for smooth conduct of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB Coordinator, Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Bamisaye disclosed this in an interview with Daily Independent at a public function in Lagos recently, adding their presence within the accredited premises for the conduct of the examination would add no value to the test.

He said, “As far as JAMB is concerned we don’t allow parents to come close to the premises used for our exams. My advice to parents is to keep off because their presence has no value to the writing of the examination.

“Rather it hindered the conduct of the examination. All they have to do is to prepare the candidates for the test, provide transport money for them and allow them to go where they are scheduled to write the examination and immediately the exam is over they will return home,” he added.

According to him, the 78 accredited centres for the conduct of the examination in Lagos State are technically ready and fit for the test, adding that candidates with issues have been attended while other that could not be resolved locally were attended to online by SERVICOM and Public Relations Desk of the board.

However, in another development, JAMB announced that the printing of the 2019/20 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) slips initially scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 2 will now commence on Thursday, April 4.

JAMB’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

Benjamin explained that the shift in date came after 14 Computer-Based Tests (CBT) centres were on Monday, suspended due to infractions during the board’s conduct of Mock UTME, including an incident where JAMB staffs were attacked at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu Campus.

“The suspension has caused some distortion in the initial arrangement and the board will have to relocate candidates who were scheduled to write in the affected centres to other suitable centres.

“We all know that one of the essences of the mock exercise was to check the level of preparedness of not only candidates but also centres that keep to the rules and regulations of the board.

“It is to check on centres that are desperate to cheat and to make sure that they do not achieve their aim.

“Immediately after the exercise yesterday, we went into a meeting and examined the conduct of the exercise, identified the structural problems and made adjustments immediately. We want to ensure no centre fails during the conduct of the exercise.

“So we need today and tomorrow to redistribute the candidates affected by these suspended centres who had planned to extort them, defraud and frustrate the system, to centres that are more suitable, then printing can begin Thursday”.

Benjamin added that the board was putting all hands on deck to ensure that candidates sat for the examination in centres where they were safe, suitable and conducive for the exercise that would be globally accepted.

Benjamin apologised to all candidates of the examination for the inconvenience caused, adding that the board’s intention was to give its best and ensure a hitch-free and successful exercise.

Recall that the board had in 2017 moved candidates for the examination to a new centre in Ilorin, Kwara State following a protest embarked upon by students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology disrupted the conduct of the test.

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