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Edo government suspends 28 principals over examination malpractice

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Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki<br />Photo: Twitter/GovernorObaseki

Edo State government yesterday suspended 28 principals of public senior secondary schools over their involvement in examination malpractice.

The offence was allegedly committed during the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Commissioner for Education, Emmanuel Agbale, said the decision to suspend the affected principals followed the receipt of a “report of investigations on the issue carried out, and the decision reached by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) cancelling the results of affected candidates.

“It included the derecognising of the schools for a period of two years, with effect from the WASSCE for school candidates, 2019.”

The Guardian leant that for private schools, Agbale ordered that a query be sent to 28 private secondary schools to explain within 72 hours, why they should not be deregistered/de-recognised for involvement in examination malpractice in the 2018 WASSCE.

The commissioner directed that a strong warning and reprimand in writing be issued to proprietors of affected private secondary schools for complicity in examination malpractice in their respective schools in the WASSCE for school candidates.

Agbale disclosed that seven other principals of public senior secondary schools in the state were warned and reprimanded for complicity in examination malpractice in their schools in the 2018 WASSCE for school candidates.

He said a total of 16 private and secondary schools received warning letters for complicity in examination malpractice.

On the suspended principals, Agbale said they will “remain suspended, pending their arraignment before the Teachers Disciplinary Committee to determine their culpability.”


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