JAMB Sanctions Officials for Harassing Hijab-Wearing Candidate During UTME Accreditation

JAMB sanctions officials for harassing hijab-wearing candidate, underscoring the importance of respecting religious attire in exams and ensuring officials are well-informed about policies.

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JAMB Sanctions Officials for Harassing Hijab-Wearing Candidate During UTME Accreditation

JAMB Sanctions Officials for Harassing Hijab-Wearing Candidate During UTME Accreditation

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has sanctioned officials at the Bafuto Institute in Ejigbo, Lagos for harassing a hijab-wearing female candidate during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) accreditation process in April 2024. The incident contradicted JAMB's policy allowing religious attire during the examination.

According to JAMB's Head of Public Affairs, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the officials asked the candidate to remove her hijab before being allowed into the examination hall, despite the board's guidelines permitting religious headwear. "The incident did not reflect the Board's examination guidelines," Benjamin stated in a press release. "The situation was immediately addressed by a senior JAMB official, and the candidate was allowed to enter the examination hall with her hijab after the usual checks."

Further investigations revealed that the incident stemmed from the actions of some of JAMB's accredited partners or officials who were unaware of the Board's accreditation guidelines. JAMB emphasized that it has no policy barring candidates from wearing religious attire and that the officials involved have been appropriately sanctioned to serve as a deterrent.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the importance of ensuring that examination officials are well-informed about JAMB's policies and guidelines to prevent discrimination and uphold candidates' rights. It also underscores the need for sensitivity and respect towards religious attire in educational settings.

Dr. Benjamin assured the public that measures are being taken to prevent such incidents in the future and that JAMB remains dedicated to its role of ensuring suitably qualified candidates are selected for admission into tertiary institutions. "JAMB is committed to upholding candidates' rights to wear religious attire," he reiterated. The 2024 UTME has seen over 1.2 million candidates successfully complete the examination, which is set to conclude on April 22, 2024.

Key Takeaways

  • JAMB sanctioned officials for harassing hijab-wearing UTME candidate in 2024.
  • Incident contradicted JAMB's policy allowing religious attire during exams.
  • Officials were unaware of JAMB's accreditation guidelines on religious attire.
  • Incident highlights need for officials to be well-informed about JAMB policies.
  • JAMB committed to upholding candidates' rights to wear religious attire.