The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued a stern warning to parents against enrolling minors for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME),leadership reports.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, delivered this caution in response to a lawsuit filed by Mrs. Ifeanyi Eke against the Board regarding alleged inappropriate text messages sent to her 15-year-old daughter during her UTME registration.

In an interview with journalists on Tuesday, Prof. Oloyede clarified that JAMB was prepared to address the matter in court, emphasizing that the offensive messages did not originate from JAMB. He explained that the sender was not affiliated with JAMB or the examination center, but rather a fellow student.

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Prof. Oloyede raised questions regarding the readiness of a 15-year-old for university education, highlighting the standard educational timeline and the implications of underage enrollment. He noted that the individual in question likely obtained the underage girl’s phone number at the examination center while filling out forms.

JAMB has taken action against the examination center for negligence in allowing unauthorized individuals access to candidates. They have also instructed centers to refrain from disclosing candidates’ parental information and will penalize both centers and candidates for such breaches.

The registrar emphasized the importance of parents ensuring their children are mature enough before registering for the UTME. JAMB will not tolerate parental interference that could jeopardize their children’s academic futures.


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