The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has come out to narrate its role in rescuing female Muslim students who were prevented from taking the Mock UTME examination at Covenant University, Otta, Ogun State. The incident occurred when the students were denied access to the university premises for wearing Hijab, which sparked outrage across the country, with many accusing the university of discrimination.
In response to the incident, JAMB stated that it took immediate action once it became aware of the situation. The university was contacted and it vehemently denied authorizing its security personnel to prevent any genuine candidate from entering the institution. According to the university, no such instruction was given, and it decried the embarrassment the incident caused the institution.
Upon learning of the situation, JAMB, along with the university’s CBT Centre officials, rushed to the gate to rescue the unfortunate situation and ensure that the candidates could take their examination. However, due to the unwarranted delay, the affected candidates were unable to meet the time for the examination.
In light of the incident, JAMB has apologized to the affected candidates and assured them of an opportunity to sit for the rescheduled exam. The Board emphasized that it is an equal opportunity organization that would never condone any form of discrimination against any individual or entity.
JAMB has also assured the general public that it would put necessary measures in place to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur in the future. The Board stated that it is committed to creating a level playing field for all candidates irrespective of their religion, ethnicity, or background.
It is commendable that JAMB intervened promptly to rescue the situation and ensure that the affected candidates were not further denied the opportunity to take the Mock UTME examination. It is also reassuring that the Board has pledged to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, thus upholding its commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for all candidates.
Source: Daily Trust
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