Friday, 23 February 2018

JAMB Bans Wristwatches, 15 other items from Examination Hall

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has listed 16 items including eye glasses and wrist watches that will not be allowed into the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) halls. 

The secretary of JAMB UTME Monitoring groups, Ngozi Egbuna, made the disclosure in a memo to some civil society groups which will participate in the monitoring of the examination, Vanguard reports. 

The board, however, stated that eye glasses worn by candidates on medical grounds would be thoroughly scrutinised by invigilators to ensure they were not for ulterior motives. 

The memo read: “Kindly note that examination officials are allowed to scrutinise eye glasses or similar devices and where convinced that such item may compromise the sanctity of the examination, the examination official should confiscate it. 

Where examination official (board staff or ad hoc staff) or any authorised person is found with any of these prohibited items in the examination hall, such compromising action would be treated as a deliberate act of examination sabotage and necessary sanction will be applied. 

The prohibited items includes: 

1. Wrist watches 
2. Pen/biro 
3. Mobile phones or similar electronic devices, 
4. Spy reading glasses which should be scrutinised 
5. Calculators or similar electronic devices 
6. USB, CD, hard disks and/or similar storage devices. 
7. Reading/writing material 
8. Cameras 
9. Recorders 
10. Microphones 
11. Ear pieces 
12. Ink/pen readers 
13. Smart lenses 
14. Smart rings/jewellery 
15. Smart buttons 
16. Bluetooth devices 

Reports stated that the students, who stormed Bariga area of Lagos with placards on Thursday, complained that majority of them have not registered. 

The 2018 UTME examination is scheduled to hold between March 9 and 17, but the protesters requested an extension of the examination till May. 

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