Ahead of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) slated to hold between the 6th and 14th May 2023, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has reminded prospective candidates of the need to adhere strictly to examination etiquette, warning that stiff penalty awaits anyone who runs afoul of the laid-down rules and regulations governing the examination.

According to the statement, the Board maintained that, as a responsible organization, it is, as usual, committed to providing a level playing field for all candidates in its upcoming 2023 UTME.

The Head, of Public Affairs and Protocols (PAP), Dr. Fabian Benjamin, while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on the code of conduct expected of UTME candidates and the level of the Board’s preparations for the examination said, ” The Board’s UTME, apart from being a medium for assessing candidates’ ability, is also used to rank their performance in a cohort of aspirants for tertiary education.”

He added that the UTME, as a standardized test, is guided by rules and regulations that must be strictly followed by both the examiners and examinees to arrive at a valid and specific objective.

He stated, “Examination etiquette is encapsulated in the candidates’ code of conduct comprising rules and regulations that must be followed by all candidates before, during, and after the examination.”

He advised the candidates to strictly adhere to the examination schedule as stated in their notification slips which would be made available in due course and would feature the venue, scheduled date, session, and time of the examination.

Dr. Benjamin urged all candidates to be at their examination venues at least an hour before the scheduled time to afford them the opportunity to go through biometric verification before their admittance into the examination hall. He said any candidate who is 30 minutes late to the examination venue would not be allowed into the examination hall.

He said, “all candidates are required to be seated only in the allotted seats assigned to them and should follow the instructions as issued out to them by the examination officials and should not attempt to leave the examination hall until one hour after the commencement of the examination.”

The Board’s spokesman reminded the candidates that electronic gadgets and other unauthorized materials like eyeglasses unless recommended, USB, fez caps, calculators, tape recorders, cameras, wristwatches, bangles, and cell phones, among others, are banned within the examination hall.

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