- The Rivers state government says exam malpractices will not be tolerated and forgiven if any individual or school is found guilty
- Rivers state commissioner for education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku says no fewer than 35 schools have been sanctioned for examination fraud at the 2021 WAEC exams
- Ebeku said WAEC commended their effort for imposing sanctions on the alleged school who were involved in malpractice
Rivers, Port Harcourt - No fewer than 21 private schools have been stripped of their license by the Rivers state government for examination malpractice at the 2021 West African Examination Council (WAEC), Leadership reports.
This was made known by the state commissioner for education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, on Monday, March 21.
According to Ebeku at least 14 principals of public secondary schools were also relegated by the state government following a series of investigations that involved them in WAEC malpractices.
Ebeku said the decision was necessary after his office had released a letter from the apex examination body in West Africa notifying them of the involvement of the 35 schools in examination malpractices.
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“We received a letter from WAEC containing list of 35 secondary schools in the state that have been delisted for the purpose of writing WAEC examinations. Their offenses especially bothered on the fact that it was discovered that there was some malpractices in the conduct of last year’s examinations.”
He said after receiving the letter from WAEC, a meeting was sanctioned and all affected schools were in attendance.
The commissioner said the meeting addressed the issue and led to the state government imposing sanctions on the alleged schools involved in examination malpractices.
Ebeku however reiterated that the state government does not condone examination malpractices stating that the state government will not rest on its oars to combat such unethical behaviors.
Malpractice: WAEC lauds Rivers government for sanctioning 35 schools
He also disclosed that upon issuing the sanctions on the alleged schools, WAEC wrote a letter acknowledging and commending the state government for exercising its jurisdiction appropriately.
“WAEC is aware and WAEC has actually written a letter to commend the Commissioner for his effort to ensure that there are no malpractices in schools.”
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