By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Imo State Government says it will not relent in its efforts to raise the standard of education in the state. It also promised to make education functional in the state. The Commissioner for Education, Prof Jude Njoku, stated this at the 34th West African Examinations Council (WAEC) State Committee meeting, holding in Owerri.
â€œThe Committee meeting provides a good opportunity for WAEC officials and other stakeholders in the education sector to deliberate on issues that affect WAEC in the conduct of its examinations in the country and proffer solutions to them,â€ he said.
He was of the opinion that public examinations in the country were bugged with myriad of problems, ranging from cheating in examination halls, collusion between students and supervisors, impersonation and outright leakage of examination papers.
â€œGovernment is aware of these unhealthy development and has therefore charted a new road map for combating the ugly monster that had engulfed the education sector for some years nowâ€, Prof Njoku said.
He charged the Committee to note the duties outlined in the terms of reference, as well as come out with sound
solutions after their deliberations.
Speaking also, the Deputy Registrar and Zonal Coordinator of WAEC, Mr. Kester Ekekwe, explained that the aim of the meeting, which is being held across the country, was to ensure smooth conduct of examinations.