UTME 2024: Why We Banned Calculators, Pen, Others, JAMB Opens Up

UTME 2024: Why We Banned Calculators, Pen, Others, JAMB Opens Up

  • JAMB has said its ban on mobile phones, calculators, pens/biros, and earpieces in exam halls is still intact
  • JAMB reiterated the ban on the items in the latest edition of the board’s weekly bulletin obtained by Legit.ng
  • The examination body explained why it banned about 15 items for its 11-day nationwide UTME

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering education in Nigeria and worldwide.

FCT, Abuja - As candidates prepare for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 2024, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has reaffirmed its ban on certain items during the exercise and its stance against exam fraud.

About 15 items identified by the board are prohibited from examination venues at UTME 2024 "due to their potential to aid in malpractice".

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Calculators, pens, books, or other reading/writing materials are disallowed.

JAMB prohibits wristwatches and others as 2024 UTME starts Friday April 19
JAMB defends the prohibition of calculators and other items in the UTME 2024 exam hall. Photo credit: Jamb official
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In a recent document seen by Legit.ng on Thursday, April 18, JAMB said the prohibition of the items was ultimately aimed at safeguarding the integrity of the UTME.

It said over the years, the items have been noted to facilitate cheating among candidates and their collaborators.

JAMB said:

"By banning them, JAMB intends to uphold the sanctity of its examinations and ensure fairness for all candidates.
"Any candidate or official found in possession of any of these prohibited items will face appropriate sanctions, which may include disqualification from the examination or legal action.
"The restatement of the ban on prohibited items for the 2024 UTME underscores JAMB's determination to combat examination malpractice and uphold the integrity of its examinations."

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UTME: Ban on calculator reasonable - Expert

Reacting to JAMB's ban on physical calculators, Adesegun Ogungbayi, the board chairman of MIMS Educational Services, asked UTME candidates to "wake up".

The education expert accused some students of being lazy, saying they are not ready to use their brains.

Ogungbayi told Legit.ng:

"Students of today have placed their academic future in the hands of calculator and therefore need to wake up now.
"Scientific calculators have turned students to another thing and some of them are not ready to use their brain to think nor solve little arithmetic questions.
"Students who are really prepared for this UTME would not panic."

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the board chairman of MIMS Educational Services, Lagos, Adesegun Ogungbayi, shared what he called ‘roadmap to scoring 350 and above’ in the test.

Ogungbayi counselled UTME candidates to “speed up their preparation" for the 2024 examination.

Source: Legit.ng

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