Popular TV broadcaster Sulaiman Aledeh raised alarm on Thursday, April 11, that his daughter was denied access to the examination hall to participate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which begins today, Thursday, April 11.
According to Aledeh, his daughter was asked to remove her hijab before she would be allowed in to the hall.
The UTME centre is at New Ocean School, Megida, Ayobo.
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Aledeh later stated that the daughter was let in after some minutes. He, however, questioned why a candidate will be asked to remover her hijab before entering the examination hall.
Check by Legit.ng indicates that hijab is not on the list of prohibited items by JAMB.
According to the examination body, the 1.8 million candidates sitting for the 2019 UTME are prohibited from bringing 18 items to centres where the tests would take place.
The prohibited items listed by an official of JAMB are wrist watches, pen/biros, mobile phones or similar electronic devices, spy reading glasses,calculators or similar electronic devices, USB, CD, hard disks and or similar storage devices and books or any reading/writing material.
Other banned items are cameras, recorders, microphones, ear pieces, ink/pen readers, smart lenses, smart rings/ jewellery, smart buttons, Bluetooth devices, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and erasers.
Fabian Benjamin, JAMB spokesman told the News Agency of Nigeria NAN, that the items were prohibited to secure the sanctity and integrity of the board’s examination.
He said examination officials are allowed to scrutinise eye glasses or similar devices and when convinced that such items may compromise the sanctity of the examination, the examination official should confiscate them.
”We urge candidates to abide by the rules and regulations of the board. candidates should not come with any of the prohibited items,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Niger deployed 39 personnel to provide security for the 2019 UTME in different parts of the state.
Phillip Ayuba, corps commandant in the state, made the disclosure in Minna on Tuesday, April 9. He said the security would be in the 17 computer-based centres for the 11th conduct of the UTME in Niger state.
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