Perpetrators of examination malpractice has been advised to desist or face sanctions of the state as Kogi State government has vowed to prosecute them.
Wemi Jones, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, gave the warning at the 2023 West African Examination Council (WAEC), briefing of Principals, Supervisors and Examination officers in Ayingba.
He said: “Every individual involved in examination misconducts that led to WAEC’s sanctions in time past will be made to face the law after thorough investigation.”
Jones commended examination stakeholders for their tremendous improvement in the conduct of external examinations especially the drastic decline in number of cases of schools’ Derecognitions and Warnings.
He however, expressed displeasure over the inability of some schools to consolidate on the state’s educational gains, and averse to positive changes, as he warned such schools against sabotaging the efforts of the present administration.
He said: “The WAEC result analysis from 2022 indicated that a total of 61 schools were derecognised and 14 schools warned in the past describing it as unacceptable.”
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Jones stressed that all perpetraitors would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent for others, insisting that the state government had zero tolerance for examination malpractices as he commends the principals and schools that had toed the path of examination ethics and equally urged them not to relent in maintaining acceptable examination standards.
He urged Supervisors to discharge their noble task with utmost responsibility, promising reward for schools and principals with clean examination record from the Ministry, as he assures that the government was addressing the issue of shortage of teachers as evident in the ongoing recruitment and posting of teachers to schools.
The commissioner promised that further effort would be made to cover more grounds.