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Edo govt halts NECO exams in Benin school

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—EDO State Ministry of Education,  yesterday ordered the stoppage of the on-going National Examinations Council of Nigeria, NECO,  at the Ambassador Group of Schools, on Oghobaghase Street,  off Medical Store Road, in the state capital, Benin City.

Vanguard learnt that the actions of the officials of the Inspectorate Units of the State Ministry of Education, however, sparked off protest by the students, who threatened to set the school’s building ablaze.

No fewer than seven persons, including four Coordinators and three students were, however, arrested by the police officers, who accompanied the Ministry’s officials to the school.

Trouble started when the officials from the Ministry visited the school to inspect the on-going external examination and in their course of the inspection, discovered that the school management enrolled a total of 360 students as against the 70 candidates approved by the Ministry for the examination.

It was also gathered that the candidates,  mainly from the Eastern part of the country, who enrolled to write English Language paid over N30,000 for the examination.

When our correspondent visited the school premises,  some of the school’s property, especially books were burnt by the angry candidates.


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