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JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, said the board did not have apology for candidates denied entry into the examination halls as a result of lateness, adding that they should take the exam in 2021.

Oloyede, who spoke during an interview with Sunday PUNCH, said the cases the board had this year were that of candidates arriving late to exam centres.

The registrar said, “The cases we have had this year surprisingly are candidates who came late to examination venues. If we say your examination starts by 7am, you are expected to be there before 7am. If we say the second session starts 9am, you are supposed to be there before 9am.

“So, but we know that we do not start by 7am, we start screening and by 8am, we start the examination. So also screening starts by 9am for the second session and the exam starts by 10am. But we reserve the right to deny you entry into the examination hall once you come 15 minutes after 7am or 15 minutes after 9am. But we still tolerate. But once we have finished the clearing candidates, we will go and push the examination. But we cannot because of someone coming late go and re-push.

“Your coming late to examination; you created it and we have no apology for it. You have been asked to arrive by 7am. I understand some parents were complaining. You were told that your exam starts by 7am and you came late and they said you cannot come in and that became an issue. They now said they came late because they could not locate the place on time.

“In our days, the previous days, you would have gone there to see where you were going to take the examination. It is lawlessness or carelessness that is taking place. So, no apology. If you were to catch a flight and you came late to the airport, will you say the plane should wait for you or turn back for you? No, you wait for the next session. And for us, our next session is next year. So we don’t tolerate such lawlessness.”


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