JAMB sanctions officials over hijab removal request at exam centre

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has taken disciplinary action against accredited officials who insisted that a hijab-wearing candidate remove her headgear during Saturday’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The officials at one of the examination centres in Lagos had insisted that the removal of the hijab by the candidate was a prerequisite for her to enter the examination hall.

“The board deeply regrets the incident and, on an investigation, discovered that this particular incident, or others in the past, is not linked to any of its examination guidelines.

“It was rather a product of the misplaced priority of some of the accredited partners or officials who claimed ignorance of the board’s guidelines on accreditation,” the board said.

It maintained that the guideline was to ensure that all candidates were properly screened and to allow female officials to screen the same gender.

READ ALSO: JAMB orders CBT centre owners to arrest parents near facilities during 2024 UTME

“The situation was instantly addressed by a senior official of the board at the centre, and the candidate in question was allowed in after the usual checks with her hijab.

“Since ignorance of the law is not an excuse, the officials have been sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to others,’’ the board’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, stated in Abuja on Sunday.

He noted that the culpable officials acted in ignorance as JAMB had no policy barring candidates from wearing the religious paraphernalia peculiar to their faith.

Mr Benjamin also stated that about 1.2 million candidates would have completed the examination by Monday, April 22.

Credible News.ng

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *