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Saturday, 24 February 2018
Kogi Govt. Warns Principals Of 108 Schools Against Exam Malpractice
The Kogi Government has warned the principals of 108 secondary
schools involved in examination malpractice across the state to desist from
cheating or face the full wrath of the law.
Mrs Rosemary Osikoya,
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state gave the
warning at a meeting with principals of affected schools on Friday in Lokoja.
According to her, stiff
penalties as prescribed by law will be used to curb the menace of examination
malpractice in the state.
She said the 108 schools,
which comprise of 84 public and 24 private secondary schools were ‘seriously
warned’ by West African Examination Council (WAEC) for engaging in one form of
exam malpractice or the other.
Osikoya noted that 30 schools
were being perpetual offenders for three consecutive years, which needed urgent
attention, adding that 47 schools were recently de-recognised by WAEC due to
various exam malpractices.
“We are sounding serious
warning to all the affected schools to have a change of attitude.
“Let us be law abiding
citizens, let us tell our people that it is no longer acceptable to engage in
exam malpractice in Kogi.
“Gov. Yahaya Bello says no to
corruption, let us together raise a generation that is free of corruption, and
build a great nation.
“Every parent also has a
responsibility to ensure that their children do not engage in any form of exam
malpractice; stop giving money to your children to bribe officials to aid exam
malpractice,” the commissioner warned.
Earlier, , Mr Oyeniran
Akanni, Head of Exams, WAEC, said the Council had zero tolerance for exam
malpractice, and would not condone any of such act, stressing that everything
would be done to curtail the menace.
“We urge all stakeholders to
join hands with us and stamped out this menace that has penetrated into the
fabric of our education sector.
“I charge you to go back to
your various schools and do the needful”, Akanni said.
On his part, Mr Afolabi Raji,
the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission (TSC), said that it was unfortunate
that it was coming in a quick succession after 47 schools in the state were
recently de-recognised by WAEC.
“It is a disservice to our
state and we must tackle the monster. We need to seriously address the menace
so that going forward, such will not happen again.
Dr Ibrahim Muftau, the State
President of Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS),
who spoke on behalf of the principals, promised that they would go back home
and do the needful.
“We will work assiduously to
sensitise our immediate environment to have a change of attitude. We pledged
our loyalty to uphold the ethics of the teaching profession free of exam
malpractice,” Muftau said.
schools in Kogi were recently de-recognised by WAEC, and directed to pay
N250,000 each as fine,.
None of the indicted schools
would be allowed to conduct Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations in
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