By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos—At least 60 public and private secondary schools in Lagos State have been sanctioned for their involvement in examination malpractices at the Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, held in the last one year.
This came barely few days after West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, approved cancellation of entire result of any candidate found guilty of examination malpractice at its 61st meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee, NEC.
Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, who also oversee activities of the state Ministry of Education, disclosed this while briefing the press on the activities of the present administration, led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in education sector.
She lamented that the actions of the schools were in sharp contrast to the huge fund budgeted for SSCE annually.
Although, the deputy governor was not specific, Vanguard gathered that the schools perpetrated the acts at the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE held between March and May.
Her words; “56 private and four public schools were indicted by WAEC for their involvement in examination malpractices. We are not shielding any school and that was why we have sanctioned them.
“The searchlight is now on to ensure that the private schools certified by the government adhere to the rules of engagement and to detect other schools especially private schools still involve in examination malpractices.
“It is pathetic that these schools are called ‘miracle schools.’ Any school found will be shut for their involvement in the act,” she added.
The deputy governor disclosed that N561,346,100 was spent as examination and administrative fees on 44,005 SSIII students “who sat for the March/May 2016 WASSCE in our state.”
Re-introduction of black book in public schools
Adebule also disclosed that in order to ensure discipline in public schools; “We have reintroduced the black books in our schools.