Covenant University has denied Hijab wearing students from accessing venue for the JAMB Mock Exam hall in the school.
Newslensng gathered that JAMB Mock Exam was scheduled for today, Friday at 7am but security officials refused to give access to all candidate who was dotting Hijabs.
According to an eyewitness, all efforts and pleas to make the officials see the reason why the candidates should be allowed access to the center proved abortive even as at 7:25 am.
Mr AA Olayode, father of one of the candidates for the JAMB Mock Exam affirmed that his daughter and several other candidates were denied entry into the school premises in Ota Ogun State.
There were also indications that some candidates removed their Hijabs in order to gain entry, while Maryam the daughter of Mr Olayode and two others who did not remove their Hijab were denied entry
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A statement by Mutiat Orolu-Balogun Executive Director, Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative made available to ENigeria Newspaper revealed that Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative swung into action and contacted JAMB immediately. The Centre Coordinator at Covenant University CBT centre was contacted and he joined the denied candidates at the gate and promptly let them in.
“We at Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative got a distress call this morning at 07:25 am from the father of a candidate Mr AA Olayode, that his daughter and several other candidates wearing Hijab were denied from entering Covenant University Ota, Ogun State, their CBT centre for the Mock Jamb examinations.
“He stated that he tried to explain to the security guards that as a National Examination, candidates where posted there by the examination body and thus should be allowed to write their exams.
“The security guards insisted that the University is a Christian University does not permit Hijabs in their premises and as such the candidates could not enter. Some candidates removed their Hijabs in order to gain entry, while Maryam the daughter of Mr Olayode and two others who did not remove their Hijab were denied entry.
“Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative swung into action and contacted JAMB immediately. The Centre Coordinator at Covenant University CBT centre was contacted and he joined the denied candidates at the gate and promptly let them in.
“The exam started at 7 am and the candidates were let in at 7:48am. As at the time of this report, we are not clear if candidates could eventually write their CBT exams after being denied entry for about an hour or if they’ll be given extra time to complete same, given that this is a computerized exam which is automated.
“We at Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative find it necessary to reiterate that the Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion is a fundamental right as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution as amended and the Hijab is a practical application of this right as ruled by the Supreme Court judgment of Asiyat Abdulkareem vs Lagos State Government.
“It is important that institutions that do not wish to conform to the JAMB guidelines on the conduct of National Examinations should refrain from applying to be CBT centers as they are remunerated for performing this service.
While we thank JAMB for acting promptly and avoiding religious crises, especially in this fragile period of our country, we ask that such erring centers be de-registered and opportunities given to more deserving and law-abiding ones”. (SIC).