..As it prohibits pen, 15 other items from exam halls
By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-AHEAD of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME,slated to hold between March 6 and 17,the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board,JAMB,has said 16 items including eye glasses and wrist watches won’t be allowed by candidates inside examination halls.
The board said eye grasses worn by students on medical grounds would be thoroughly scrutinized by invigilators to ensure they were for ulterior motives.
This was disclosed by the Secretary of JAMB UTME Monitoring Groups, Ngozi Egbuna, in a memo to some civil society groups which will participate in the monitoring of the examination.
The prohibited items,according to the memo, are wrist watches, pen/biro, mobile phones or similar electronic devices, spy reading glasses which should be scrutinised, calculators or similar electronic devices, USB, CD, hard disks and/or similar storage devices.
Others are books or any reading/writing material, cameras, recorders, microphones, ear pieces, ink/pen readers, smart lenses, smart rings/jewellery, smart buttons and Bluetooth devices.
The memo read thus: “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 groups were inaugurated by JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, last year to assist in monitoring the UTME.
They were said to have assisted in giving information from the field and transmitted several challenges, as applicable, to JAMB officials,a development that assisted in curbing the high rate of examination malpractices in 2017.