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JAMB warns against enrolling minors in university entrance exams

Registrar cautions parents following lawsuit over inappropriate messages to 15-year-old during registration

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued a stern caution to parents and guardians against enrolling underage individuals in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The warning comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Mrs. Ifeanyi Eke alleging unsolicited and inappropriate text messages sent to her 15-year-old daughter during the registration process.

In a statement released by JAMB’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede emphasized the board’s readiness to engage with Mrs. Eke. Oloyede clarified that the sender of the messages was not affiliated with JAMB and stressed that the incident was promptly reported to security agencies for appropriate action.

Addressing the circumstances surrounding the lawsuit, Oloyede raised concerns about the underage candidate’s readiness for university education, questioning how a 15-year-old could be prepared for tertiary studies. He underscored the importance of adhering to educational timelines, emphasizing the necessity for individuals to be of appropriate age before undertaking university entrance exams.

Furthermore, Oloyede highlighted JAMB’s measures to address negligence on the part of examination centres, warning of consequences for centres that permit unauthorized individuals near examination candidates. He stressed the need for parents to prioritize their children’s maturity before registering them for UTME, emphasizing the potential consequences of emotional and undisciplined actions on their children’s future careers.

As the controversy unfolds, JAMB remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the integrity and fairness of the examination process, urging stakeholders to prioritize the welfare and proper preparation of candidates.

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