JAMB warns parents against enrolling minors for UTME

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By Ngozi Nwankwo

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has cautioned parents, against enrolling minors for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede gave the warning while reacting to a suit, filed by one Mrs. Ifeanyi Eke, against the Board, over alleged inappropriate text messages sent to her 15-year-old daughter during the course of her registration.

It would be recalled that Mrs. Eke has filed N100m suit against JAMB and three others before the Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged unsolicited and inappropriate text messages sent to her 15-year-old daughter.

But reacting to the incident in an interview with the press on Tuesday, Oloyede said the Board is ready to meet with the woman, maintaining that the sender of the message was not its staff.

The Registrar said since the incident happened, JAMB reported to the security agencies to take appropriate action but the woman did not care, suing for N100 million at the expense of the child.

He said, “The person is not our staff, he is not even a staff of the centre, he is a co-student. He is just like a candidate, an undergraduate in one of the Universities.”

“And talking about our data, nobody has access to our data. The person got the information from the phone of the underage girl.

“How did your girl of 15 years get ready for University now? If she is law abiding as she claimed. The law today is that you must spend six years before primary school, six years in primary school and six years in secondary school. By that time, you are 18.

“But when you reduce three years, you must have cut corners to make a 15 year old child ready for University education.

“We will meet her in court; it is for the court to decide whether she deserves that money”, he said.

The JAMB boss maintained that the person got the telephone number of the victim at the center because they had a form to fill, saying that it has dealt appropriately with the center, the reason being that it shouldn’t have allowed unauthorized persons in the premises.

He continued; “Even the centers do not have access to our database, the person must have collected the number while interacting with her at the center.”

“We dealt with the center on negligence, for allowing unauthorized persons to have access to where these candidates were. And we are urging parents to allow their children to mature before registering for UTME.

“We are now saying that any center that allows a parent to get near to where the candidates are being screened, that centre will be deleted.

“Secondly, we have instructed the centers to stop identifying the parents of the candidates and we will take appropriate action against the candidates.

“Parents cannot destroy the career of their children because of their emotions and indiscipline,” he added.