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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has advised parents to refrain from enrolling minors for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

This caution came from the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who responded to a lawsuit filed by Mrs. Ifeanyi Eke against the Board regarding inappropriate text messages sent to her 15-year-old daughter during registration.

In his statement, Prof. Oloyede emphasized the importance of adhering to the legal age requirements for university admission. He stated, “Reducing the educational timeline to accommodate a 15-year-old for university education raises concerns about cutting corners.”

Addressing the lawsuit, Oloyede clarified that the sender of the messages was not a JAMB staff member but rather a fellow student. He also highlighted that JAMB had promptly reported the incident to security agencies, though Mrs. Eke chose to pursue legal action instead.

Regarding the unauthorized access to the minor’s phone number, Oloyede attributed it to negligence at the registration center. He stressed the need for centers to prevent unauthorized individuals from interacting with candidates and announced measures to penalize such lapses, including center deletion and disciplinary actions against candidates’ parents.

In conclusion, Oloyede urged parents to prioritize their children’s maturity before UTME registration and emphasized the importance of responsible conduct to safeguard their educational prospects.

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