In advance of the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry Examination, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued warnings against inappropriate clothing.
The JAMB has issued warnings against the usage of “laali,” or henna, fake jewelry, and a number of outfits.
Following observations that such ways of wearing and accessorizing caused disruptions during board-organized exams, the board made the decision.
Henna application on the fingertips interferes with accurate biometric verification of the candidates’ fingers, according to the board. Additionally, candidates attempted to clean their intricate henna designs using chemicals, but in doing so, they harmed the whorls on their fingers, making biometric verification and authentication challenging.
The Board reaffirmed its stance on the “No Biometrics, No Examination Rule” and asked applicants to refrain from any actions that would make it more difficult for them to take the UTME.
Regarding inappropriate attire, the Board cautioned applicants: “Avoid inappropriate attire, which in some cases had constituted a major distraction to applicants, embarrassing even the candidates wearing such dresses as others pass offensive glances at them thereby destabilizing their comportment for the examination.
“In some instances, it has been utilized to facilitate exam fraud. The Board considers such improper attire to be a serious violation of the UTME code of conduct, and they further state that provocative and seductive attire as well as willful and deliberate exposure of one’s body to the public will no longer be tolerated because they may cause both candidates and test administrators to become distracted.
According to the advisory, examples of inappropriate clothing include “spaghetti tops, body hugs, knickers, transparent clothing, canopy headties, fake fashion jewelry, off-shoulders, and others.”