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JAMB advises against indecent dressing ahead of UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued warnings against the usage of henna, also known as “laali,” counterfeit jewelry, and outrageous outfits ahead of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry Examination.

JAMB advises against indecent dressing ahead of UTME

JAMB advises against indecent dressing ahead of UTME

Newsmen also gathered that the board took the decision following observations that such mode of dressings and adornment led to distractions during examinations organised by the board.

In the advisory exclusively obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday, the board said, “Henna when applied on the fingers obstructs the smooth biometric verification of the candidates’ fingers. Also in an attempt by to clean their fancy henna drawings, they used chemicals that damaged the whorls on their fingers, hence making biometric verification and authentication difficult.

“The Board reiterated its position of “No Biometrics, No examination rule” and urged to desist from any act that could jeopardise their chances of taking the UTME.

On indecent dressing, the Board warned “against indecent dressing, which in some cases, had constituted a major distraction to candidates, embarrassing even the wearing such dresses as others pass offensive glances at them thereby destabilising their comportment for the examination.


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“In some cases, it has been used to aid and abet examination malpractices. The Board views such improper dressing as a serious breach of the UTME ethics, adding that provocative and seductive dressing as well as willful and deliberate exposure of one’s body to the public will no longer be condoned as they are capable of causing distraction to and examination officials alike.”

The advisory listed indecent dressing to include, but not limited to, “sleeveless tops, body hugs, knickers, transparent clothes, canopy headties, bogus fashion jewelries, spaghetti tops, and off-shoulders, among others.”

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