Exam Malpractice: WAEC Sanctions 61 Secondary Schools In Kogi

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has de-registered 61 secondary schools in Kogi State for involving in gross malpractices in the 2022 WAEC examinations.

The State’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, disclosed this in Kabba on Thursday during the final distribution of Chemistry and Physics textbooks to 95 senior secondary schools in Kogi Western senatorial district under the ministry’s school adoption and mentorship programme.

According to him, similar complaint was tendered by the regional examination body in 2019 where 51 secondary schools in the State were involved.

He noted that things have started getting better in 2020, 2021 when the number of schools deregistered by WAEC reduced from 51 to one as a result of serious warning from the Ministry of Education to principals of schools.

The Commissioner lamented that just on Thursday this week, WAEC officials forwarded a letter to his office intimating him that 61 secondary schools in the State were grossly involved in examination malpractices in the 2022 examinations.

“This I am not going to let it go. We are going to sanction any principal found wanting in this unwholesome behaviour that is tarnishing the good image of the State.

“The Ministry of Education will set up a committee that will investigate the involvement of principals in this disgraceful act before we sanction appropriately to serve as deterrence to others because the state government can not be investing hugely in education sector then somebody somewhere will be sabotaging our effort, giving the state bad name.

“We are aware that when WAEC charged registration fees of N23,000, principals charged over N40,000 logistic involved to indulge in examination malpractices. We are not unaware, we will curb the situation by sanctioning whoever found wanting in the act through the 2020 Kogi State education law,” he assured.

The Commissioner, who also frown at the existence of illegal private tertiary institutions in the State, assured that very soon the Ministry would clamp down on them.

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