As senior secondary school students commenced the writing the 2016 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examination across the
country, Osun State Government has warned pupils against engaging in examination malpractices throughout the exercise.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in the state, Mr. Festus Olajide gave the warning in Osogbo during a meeting with the members of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Osun Chapter and the Branch Controller of WAEC.
Olajide stressed that the state was ready to fight against examination malpractices and enforce disciplinary action against any school that engages in any act of examination malpractices in the State.
Olajide emphasised that schools regarded as “Miracle Centres” where examination malpractices strive are common among private and public schools in rural areas of the state.
He therefore advised NAPPS members to cooperate with the Ministry of Education in identifying such schools and putting an end to the ugly trend of examination malpractices.
According to him, revocation of operational licence of any private school cut in the act of Examination Malpractice and prosecution of proprietors and managements of such school are parts of the punishments to be applied by the Ministry.
The Permanent Secretary lamented the existing situation whereby students who failed in the recent MOCK WASC EXAM and were not qualified for registration by Government left their schools with the
connivance of their parents/guardians to register for WASCE in private institutions with much money where there are plans for Examination Malpractices.
He also lamented the existing situation whereby such students could not account for their Tablets of Knowledge (Opon Imo) which the State Government of Osun procured for them at high cost.
He was not also pleased with the information reaching the Ministry of Education and the West African Examination Council that the students who as a result of their failure could not be registered by Government are planning to disrupt the conduct of the ongoing WASC Examination.
Mr Olajide explained that all security agencies have been alerted about the diabolical plans and threats to lives of those who are against Examination Malpractices.
The Permanent Secretary assured the school proprietors and the general public that adequate public enlightenment on the effect of examination malpractices in the society would be carried out in
addition to the circular letter recently issued to warn against examination malpractices in any of the schools in the State.
He urged the proprietors to assist the State Government in recovering OPON IMO from students of public schools who ran away from their public schools to register with private schools.
He urged private school proprietors to collect the Opon Imo from such students before they are allowed to write their WASCE.
In his own contributions, the Branch Comptroller of WAEC in the state of Osun, Mr. Ayo Olorunfemi seek for the support and cooperation of school proprietors and their staff during WAEC examination to avoid embarrassment and examination cancellation .
Mr. Olorunfemi noted that WAEC is aware of the security situation in the country but schools should not hide under that to deny the entry of WAEC Officials into any school to perform their
He lamented situations in the recent past where certain schools delayed WAEC Officials from entry into their compound in order to wrap up the on- going exam malpractices in their schools.
While responding on behalf of others, NAPPS President, Pastor Oriyomi Opaleye promised to comply with the rules guiding the conduct of examinations in order to stem the tide of examination malpractices in schools.