The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday said it is not against any candidate wearing hijab or head scarfs during the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Dr Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB’s head of media and Information, who clarified this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos, however, pleaded with such female candidates,to submit themselves to security checks before accessing the UTME halls.
“We are not against any one dressing in the manner that suits them, particularly if it has to do with one’s religious belief.
“However, in every examination, there are rules and candidates must strive to adhere to such rules.
“We are not going to stop anyone from taking the examination but the rule remains that if one is wearing things such as scarfs and hijab, you must submit to security checks at such centre.
“It is just a simple rule and candidates should trying and corporate with the examiners to make it easy for us all,’’ he said.
Earlier there were reports that some Muslims female candidate in Hijab were being disallowed to sit for JAMB examination at the Daleware lnstitute of Technology centre on No. 31-33 Bode Thomas Road, off Shyllion Str., Palmgroove.
“Muslims sistersare being prevented from sitting for the examination at Daleware Institute of Technology on the account of wearing hijab.
“We call on our leaders and parents to act fast to put an end to this threat, else many sisters would be denied opportunity sitting for the examiniatiopn with settled minds,” one of the candidates told The Renaissance on condition of anonymity.