HIJAB: Famous Journalist Daughter Disallowed From UTME Centre

Popular TV broadcaster Sulaiman Aledeh alarmed the public on Thursday, April 11, that his daughter was denied access to the examination hall to participate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that begins today, Thursday, April 11.

According to him, his daughter was asked to remove her hijab before she would be allowed in to the hall at the UTME centre in New Ocean School, Megida, Ayobo.

sulaiman aledeh
 My daughter is writing her @JAMBHQ today but she just called me now that she's been asked to remove her hijab before she's allowed in at the Centre at New Ocean School, Megida, Ayobo. Is that the rule please? She's NOT the only one cos they're from a MUSLIM school.

He, however, later stated that the daughter has been let in after some minutes. He raised questions on why a candidate will be asked to remove her hijab before entering the examination hall.

sulaiman aledeh
 So, I drove in the rain and kept working the phone line from which my daughter called and a Male voice answered in yoruba "o ti wole". But we need @JAMBHQ to stay with us on this. Why would anyone give a different rule by asking candidates to remove their hijab? #toleranceisking.

According to JAMB's rule and regulations, hijab is not on the list of prohibited items by JAMB.

The examination body has said that 1.8 million candidates sitting for the 2019 UTME are prohibited from bringing 18 items to centres where the tests would take place.

The prohibited items listed by an official of JAMB are wrist watches, pen/biros, mobile phones or similar electronic devices, spy reading glasses,calculators or similar electronic devices, USB, CD, hard disks and or similar storage devices and books or any reading/writing material.

Other banned items are cameras, recorders, microphones, ear pieces, ink/pen readers, smart lenses, smart rings/ jewellery, smart buttons, Bluetooth devices, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and erasers.

Fabian Benjamin, JAMB spokesman told the News Agency of Nigeria NAN, that the items were prohibited to secure the sanctity and integrity of the board’s examination.

He said examination officials are allowed to scrutinise eye glasses or similar devices and when convinced that such items may compromise the sanctity of the examination, the examination official should confiscate them.

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